The hottest Finnish Airlines A320 cabin is install

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On April 11, 2018, Antarctica bear learned that Finnair added an important cabin function to its A320 aircraft. In the routine upgrade, the airline installed 3D printing partitions in the cabin. The clapboard is 15% lighter than that made by traditional methods, and the process flow is simple, no mold is required, and the production speed is faster

the experience of building energy conservation at home and abroad shows that passenger parts are manufactured by Airbus in cooperation with Belgian materialise, which has become an example of how airlines can use this technology to save money

"the diaphragms produced for Airbus are not just 3D printing, they are the product of the whole quality system."

cabin upgrade

Finnair's entire fleet includes about 80 aircraft of 8 different models, including 10 Airbus A320 models, each of which can accommodate 165 to 174 passengers

in the process of upgrading the luggage rack, there is an unfilled space between the new components and the existing components. In order to fill these gaps, A320 needs to install a small batch of partitions at the end of each row

usually, the spacer plate will be injection molded, but 3D printing obviously has more advantages

surpass 3D printing

by using Airbus standard ULTEM material 3D printing partition, materialise reduces the process flow and creates modeless products. The ecological "organic" design makes the aircraft bulkhead more cost-effective and faster to produce, which is 15% lighter than that made by traditional methods

after 3D printing, each panel was coated with flame retardant materials of composite Airbus cabin specifications, and then the Airbus cabin was decorated and inspected

"we think this project is a good example of certified additive manufacturing," commented Edouard de Mahieu, project manager of materialise, "It demonstrates how atriase can provide end-to-end processes beyond 3D printing in the field of electronic manufacturing and scientific research. Users can provide micro optical detection and automatic image measurement to the end process"

"this is a strict quality process, and includes all detailed requirements from design to decoration."

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