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DSTA, Airbus, and Boeing to Use AM for Aircraft Maintenance

Thursday, July 12, 2018
 

The Defense Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) of Singapore has signed separate agreements with aerospace industry leaders Airbus and Boeing to integrate additive manufacturing (AM) into military aircraft maintenance. 

Airbus, who installed the first 3D-printed titanium bracket on an in-series production A350 XWB aircraft, has outlined several potential areas of collaboration with the DSTA using digital technologies. This includes 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality, data analytics and maintenance information systems. 

A second agreement is with Boeing, the company behind the 787 Dreamliner. The Dreamliner is the first commercial aircraft to fly with certified AM titanium parts in structural applications. 

The DSTA agreement will commence development of an information management tool designed to provide data analytics for the Boeing F-15SG Strike Eagle fighters and the RSAF’s AH-64D Apache attack helicopters.

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