none

BOEING 3D PRINTING FOR SAFETY

22-04-2016
by 
in 

Boeing may be turning to 3D printing to produce more of the very thing that poses serious safety risks to its planes: ice.

Frozen water can have a dramatic effect on a plane’s aerodynamics as it clings to the body and wings, causing turbulence and potentially crashes.

Simulating and testing dangerous conditions is key to improving air safety, and Boeing may be homing in on a novel solution: 3D printing plastic ‘ice’ to simulate real ice growth during flight.

According to a patent recently filed, the ice can be printed in a range of shapes that adhere to wings, flaps, and engine parts. This simulated ice can then be attached to a craft with adhesive, and used to test the aircraft’s ice removal capabilities.

While initially this approach might seem excessive, the process is faster, and causes less wear on the aircraft, than current testing techniques which require fiberglass resin that is bolted to the aircraft, rendering it unusable for future commercial use.

Other airlines have already begun to explore 3D manufacturing, with Airbus producing parts for their jetliners out of additively manufactured titanium and slashing costs in the process.

 

 

Related news & editorials

  1. 18.01.2019
    18.01.2019
    by      In
    Mouser Electronics has revealed that it added no fewer than 51 new suppliers to its industry-leading line card in 2018, offering even more choices to its design engineer, component buyer, and procurement agent customer base.
    With many new embedded suppliers among the additions, Mouser is... Read More
  2. 18.01.2019
    18.01.2019
    by      In
    Phoenix Contact has come out with its first high-performance controller for the PLCnext technology ecosystem. The RFC 4072S controller takes advantage of all the main features of the control platform, including the ability for users to program using their favourite languages and programming... Read More
  3. 17.01.2019
    17.01.2019
    by      In
    The Exair Gen4 Super Ion Air Wipe provides a uniform 360-degree ionised airstream that is clamped around a continuously moving part to eliminate static electricity and contaminants. It is ideal for removing dust, particulates and personnel shocks on pipe, cable, extruded shapes, hose, wire and more... Read More
  4. 17.01.2019
    17.01.2019
    by      In
    With many areas of Australia facing severe drought, the Government has launched its $12.9 million Water for the Future plan focusing on more efficient water infrastructure and refurbishment of older pipes and systems.
    Helping to realise this programme, Air Springs Supply has released a new range of... Read More