Piper produces production part using 3D printing

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Piper Aircraft announced recently that it has produced the first production part using 3D printing technology as part its launch into additive manufacturing. The part, which is a component within the climate control system, was created using the HP Multi Jet Fusion 4200 3D printer. Piper Aircraft established an additive manufacturing center in Q3 of 2018 with a goal of introducing new technology and reducing costs within the manufacturing process. Since late 2018, Piper has been identifying aircraft parts that can be manufactured using this technology and has worked to create and test various non-flight critical components with the goal of achieving FAA approval. Within the coming months, Piper expects to expand the use of the 3D printing to a multitude of parts and is a key factor in improving throughput, controlling costs and maintaining quality.