Western Tool & Mold (WTM), a Hong-Kong-based manufacturer of industrial parts, is using Stratasys's Fortus 900mc Aircraft Interiors (AI) Certification Solution to produce Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)- and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-certified cabin parts.
The aircraft interiors market demands a quick turnaround of replacement parts to improve supply chain efficiency, however this can often prove something of a challenge owing to their complex geometries.
The Fortus 900mc AI Certification Solution comprises: the latest edition of the Fortus 900mc fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer, featuring hardware and software designed to facilitate high repeatability of mechanical properties; and ULTEM 9085 resin, a strong and lightweight thermoplastic that meets aerospace flame, smoke and toxicity (FST) regulations (Federal Aviation Regulations [FAR] 25.863). It allows WTM to produce cabin parts that have complex geometries, such as those for overhead bin lockers and lavatories, in small quantities. It allows WTM to 3D print aircraft cabin parts that have complex geometries—such as those for overhead bin lockers and lavatories—in low quantities.
The ability to 3D print parts directly from CAD designs means that the company’s customers can test them early in the design phase and realize significant cost and time savings over metal manufacturing processes.
Collin Wilkerson, managing director, WTM, said: ‘Adding the Fortus 900mc Aircraft Interiors Certification Solution to our extensive arsenal of Stratasys FDM and PolyJet-based 3D printing solutions not only gives us the opportunity to provide repeatable, certified aircraft parts to tier 1 and tier 2 aircraft parts suppliers, but the accompanying documentation process is now automated, making it easier to meet evolving industry quality standards while freeing up more time to invest in production.’
Omer Krieger, president, Stratasys Asia Pacific and Japan, added: ‘We are gratified that one of our longstanding customers, Western Tool & Mold, will be using the Fortus 900mc Aircraft Interiors Certification Solution to improve supply chain efficiency for Asia’s aviation industry. This solution minimizes the obstacles that have impeded the wider adoption of 3D printing for aircraft cabin parts, addressing the key issues of repeatability, certification and documentation.’