Watch: Air NZ uses 3D printer for speedy, ‘world-first’ seat part replacement at LAX

Air New Zealand is claiming a 3D printing world-first for a speedy seat repair before a flight left LA. A proof-of-concept trial involved a “bumper,” a part which sits behind the airline’s Business Premier monitors and prevents the screen from damaging the seat when it’s pushed in. The airline ordered a digital aircraft part file from Singapore-based ST Engineering.

The digital file was immediately sent to an approved printer, operated by Moog in Los Angeles, downloaded and 3D printed before being installed within hours on an Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300 aircraft ahead of its scheduled departure from LAX.


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