BAE Systems Launches New UK Centre with 3D Printing & VR to Speed Aircraft Manufacturing

BAE Systems has opened the New Product and Process Development Centre (NPPDC) in Samlesbury, Lancashire, which will be focused on using 3D printing and VR to reduce costs and speed up manufacturing processes for several military aircraft, including the Eurofighter Typhoon and the BAE Systems Hawk. John Dunston, head of the NPPDC at BAE Systems said, “Our raison d’être really is to establish a productionised suite of processes that we can then either deploy to a programme or run as a shared service within the facility, or… look at how we can support the industrialisation activities and potentially deploy solutions in Coventry in support of [land system] programmes.” The new centre also comes with a VR Suite where aerospace engineers can look at aircraft parts virtually in 3D, see how the parts would work and fit in with the rest of the aircraft and hopefully spot errors and problems even faster. Source: Inside 3D Printing News