3D-Printed Part Added to Boeing 787January 2, 2019
Spirit AeroSystems, a Wichita, KS-based provider of aerostructures, has received from its Norwegian partner Norsk Titanium, its first 3D-printed commercial aircraft part that will go on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The additive-manufactured part is a back-up fitting for an access door on a 787 forward fuselage that Spirit has machined and finished, and will deliver to Boeing.
Norsk uses its plasma-arc Rapid Plasma Deposition 3D-printing technology to build up parts to a near-net shape that minimizes waste, uses less energy, and reduces product cost. Spirit does final machining, finishing, inspection, and installation of the parts from Norsk. Spirit manufactures the 787’s composite forward fuselage and tests and installs the airplane’s flight controls.
See also: Norsk Titanium AS