The alliance was finalised at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which is sponsored by Etihad Airways, this past weekend. It will initially see the qualification of machine, process and materials in accordance with aviation regulatory requirements, and after a structured selection process, EOS’ polymer 3D printing technology and systems will be harnessed to produce suitable cabin interior components.
Etihad Airways, the largest aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider in the Middle East, is hoping to take advantage of the value-add potential of 3D printing, through optimised repairs, lightweight design, shorter lead times and customisation. It has already commenced this operation through a collaboration with BigRep, announced earlier this year, and is now building on the already-made progress through a partnership with EOS. In time, Etihad will work towards certifying EOS’ AM process; develop, test and qualify new polymer materials; and then roll-out AM among its customers throughout its broader ecosystem.
“Etihad constantly invests in new technology and has identified additive manufacturing as a key technology for aviation interior parts, as well as applications beyond aerospace in the future,” commented Bernhard Randerath, Vice President Design, Engineering and Innovation at Etihad Airways Engineering. “The technology is a key enabler when it comes to design and innovation in our industry. Etihad is proud to work towards a vision of a 3D printed cabin interior.”
“Etihad is providing industry-leading aircraft maintenance and engineering solutions. As such, we share the same mindset as both of our companies are committed to high quality solutions and constant technology innovation,” added Markus Glasser, Senior Vice President Export Region at EOS. “We are honoured to support our partner on this innovation journey, as such bringing the production of aircraft interior parts to the next level.”