Stratasys 3D Printing Solution for Aircraft Interiors Undergoes FAA Qualification

The 3D printing solution is designed to produce aircraft interior parts that are FAA- and EASA-certified.

Stratasys, Inc. has introduced the Fortus 900mc Aircraft Interiors Certification Solution, a 3D printing solution for producing aircraft interior parts which meet FAA and EASA certification requirements.

The solution consists of Ultem 9085 resin, a strong, lightweight thermoplastic which meets aerospace flame, smoke and toxicity regulations (FAR 25.863) and a new edition of the Fortus 900mc Production 3D printer that is designed to deliver highly repeatable mechanical properties.

This solution is undergoing a qualification program overseen by the FAA at the National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP), part of the National Institute of Aviation Research at Wichita State University. Stratasys will assist customers in qualifying the solution for equivalency with the NCAMP statistical dataset. This qualification process could simplify FAA and EASA certification, helping organizations get more parts certified faster, according to the company.

The company says that the ability to produce repeatable and consistent parts is key. With a qualified process for producing 3D-printed parts, manufacturers could produce low-volume elements tailored to customer styles or needs and design lighter-weight components efficiently.

According to Stratasys, in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) segment, airlines and operators keep inventories of spare parts, frequently resulting in inventory expense on parts that may never be used. By 3D printing certified parts on demand, airlines and MROs can reduce inventory and inventory obsolescence.

The new Stratasys Fortus 900mc Aircraft Interiors Certification Solution provides material and process traceability for compliance with major global airworthiness regulations. The qualification test program is underway now and planned to be complete by September 2017, with publication of the final NCAMP qualification report to follow. The solution is available for pre-order and will be widely released at the end of the test program.