Bigrep, the global leader in large-scale 3D printing, and Etihad Airways Engineering have announced that the airline MRO will deploy a Bigrep ONE 3D printer in its Maintenance, Operations and Repair facility at the Etihad home base in Abu Dhabi. The printer will be used in daily operations to print jigs, fixtures and (non-flying) parts on site and on demand.
Its arrival highlights the first phase in a partnership between Bigrep and Etihad Engineering established earlier this year, and will be followed by deploying the next-generation industrial 3D printer Bigrep EDGE, with the aim to jointly develop, test and certify new materials for 3D‐printed aircraft cabin parts. With the introduction of the new industrial 3D printers PRO and EDGE, Bigrep is moving forward to the production of end-use parts for the aerospace industry.
Etihad will leverage its experience around the aircraft cabin and will provide its design organisation approvals, as well as production organisation approvals and in-house flammability lab to test the 3D printed parts. In particular, Bigrep’s large-scale 3D printers are suited to printing large cabin parts with the possibility of a high level of customisation – one of the most challenging requirements in the airline industry