SINGAPORE’S NEW FLEET OF AERIAL REFUELLING AIRCRAFT TO BE USED IN TRIAL OF 3D PRINTING SPARE PARTS

The 3D printing of spare parts for aircraft will be trialled on Singapore’s new fleet of A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (A330 MRTT) aircraft, aeronautics company Airbus announced on Thursday (July 19).

It is the first initiative under Airbus and Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) digital technology collaboration, which was signed at the inaugural Singapore Defence Technology Summit on June 27.

Airbus Defence and Space will support DSTA in designing and certifying parts produced by additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) aircraft. On its website, Airbus said 3D printing enables small-batch manufacturing of replacement parts that is quicker and less costly than conventional moulding techniques.

 

Source: The Straits Times

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