An industrial 3D printer can produce extremely durable yet lightweight structures that offer weight reductions approaching 40-60 %. This leads to reduced cost structures, material savings, and better fuel consumption.
The SLS 3D printing process allows for maximum functionality integrated directly into the component using a few parts as possible. This offers advantages for assembly and quality assurance while costs are reduced. Plus, vulnerabilities associated with part assembly using multiple components are virtually eliminated.
Greater Flexibility in Production Planning
With a tool-free production process, product adaptations may be implemented much easier and faster. And, 3D printing for aerospace makes spare part storage almost obsolete, as parts can be manufactured on-demand, eliminating extended lead times. This brings significant cost advantages over the life-cycle of an aircraft.
Industry-Compliant Materials & Strengths
SLS systems are designed to process highly-specialized materials in the aerospace industry. With a 3D SLS printer, commonly used parts in aviation are made to meet industry-specific requirements at various safety-relevant hazard levels.
Industrial SLS 3D printing opens up a world of design optimization possibilities, from part customization and upgrades to exclusive innovations that may only be possible to produce through additive manufacturing 3D printing.
Lower CO2 Emissions
Through greater engine and turbine efficiency, combined with lightweight parts for interiors, fuel consumption is reduced, limiting the CO2 emissions of the aircraft. It’s all made possible by 3D printing aircraft parts.
Significant Cost Reductions
Additive manufacturing 3D printing is a tool-free process, offering tremendous cost savings as compared to conventional manufacturing processes.