BAE Certifies 3D Printed Plastic Parts for Jetliner

If you want to get 3D printing into end-use production for aircraft, whether it’s for free media coverage or to prove that the technology is efficient and effective for high-performance applications, you’ve got to start somewhere. BAE Systems, one of the world’s largest defense contractors has gotten 3D printing one step closer to end-use production for its aircraft with the manufacturing of a small plastic window pipe made to keep cabin windows from misting up. The part, which is ready to be installed in the company’s BAe 146 regional jetliner, has already received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Form 1 certification approval.
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