BigRep Etihad develop next generation AM for aerospace

BigRep and Etihad Airways Engineering have announced plans to collaborate to define a roadmap for the development of the next generation of Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions for the aerospace industry.

The goal of the partnership is to accelerate the use of AM equipment in the aviation sector with a focus on cabin interior parts for new aircraft, as well as for the retrofit market.

Etihad Airways Engineering, as a leader in innovation, will leverage its experience around the aircraft cabin lifecycle and its drive to develop novel cabin concepts that will be additively manufactured.

Berlin-based 3D printer OEM BigRep, which provides hardware, software, materials and services for large-scale 3D printing, sees this partnership with Etihad Airways Engineering as a logical step towards becoming the global leader in the digital manufacturing market.

The partners agree that there is a need for a wider spectrum of AM-suitable polymer materials that can pass the aerospace certification process. Both parties have agreed to jointly develop and test new material grades in accordance with EASA and FAA criteria.