Strata, Etihad and Siemens developed first 3D aircraft interior part

A landmark pilot project between Siemens, Strata and Etihad Airways Engineering has successfully developed the first aircraft interior part to be designed, certified and manufactured with 3D printing technology in the Middle East.

During the project, Siemens used its global expertise in industrial 3D printing to consult on the selection of materials, testing and the development of the manufacturing processes. Etihad Airways Engineering was responsible for the part’s design and its certification for use in aviation. Strata 3D-printed the part in their Al Ain factory, supported by local partners VPS and D2M. The UAE aviation authority GCAA approved the entire process.

With the successful completion of the pilot project, Siemens and Strata intend to investigate the development of a three-year joint roadmap for the further industrialization of 3D printing in the UAE, Middle East and North Africa.

Strata will also continue to explore 3D printing technology in a range of applications in aerostructures including tooling, fixtures and consumables, using both metallic and non-metallic materials.

Siemens is able to integrate the entire additive manufacturing process from end-to-end, with a portfolio including computer-aided design software, control, automation and drive systems and technology for the digital modeling of all processes.