3D Printing PEEK in the Aerospace Industry

Cost effective production of lightweight components reduces fuel consumption, material costs and CO2 emissions

Juan Esteban Sierra Marin

Fuel costs account for over 35% of airline’s general expenses. This bouyant cost, along with fossil fuels being a limited natural resource, has put added pressure on aircraft manufacturers to deliver new and challenging levels of fuel efficiency.

The airline industry is projected to demand around 35,000 new aircrafts over the next 20 years in order to replace ageing fleets and to meet civilian flight demands. This is a booming industry and airplane manufacturers need to step up their game to fulfill the ever-growing demand.

Engineers in the Aerospace Industry that are facing these challenges are seeking innovative technologies to develop fuelsipping, easily-assembled, and low maintenance aircrafts. One key to achieving this is metal replacement and High Performance Polymer solutions that replace metals, thermosets and other plastics can be found flying on more than 15,000 aircraft today.

Those materials such as PEEK or ULTEM are able to withstand high mechanical stress, high temperatures and chemically harsh scenarios. 

PEEK can be up to 70% lighter than metal, allowing fuel efficiency to improve inmensly when changing in-cabin parts as well as mechanical parts.  

Big players in the industry like Airbus are jumping into this technology and starting to create plastic parts for their A350 XWB aircrafts. 

Airbus is standardizing their 3D Printing supply chain to improve flexibility and competitiveness, while reducing material consumption and waste with the help of additive manufacturing. Parts can be 3D printed on demand for Airbus, that way augmenting turnaround speed and lowering inventory costs.

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At Innovo our cutting-edge technology with additive manufacturing solutions with high performance polymers and our technical expertise, allow us to provide exceptional tools and solutions for each of our clients. Reducing manufacturing and operating costs, helping the environment, improving assembly efficiency, and creating a better industry for tomorrow. 

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