AED 20 million will be spent in Dubai on a new 3D printing centre that will produce lightweight aeroplane parts.
This is an important step towards making the aviation industry more sustainable, as air travel accounts for around 3% of global carbon emissions.
New 3D Printing Centre
The aviation industry is still figuring out how to produce electric planes, but a more immediate option to lessen its environmental impact is to enhance the aeroplanes that are now being manufactured and maintained.
The Paradigm 3D printing hub in Jebel Ali is at the front of this transformation. It uses 3D printing to produce lighter replacement parts for aircraft at a far faster rate than traditional methods.
Weigh up-to 60% Less
In practise, picture aeroplane seats that weigh up to 60% less. This equates to lighter planes and, more importantly, less fuel consumed.
Paradigm 3D Printing
Paradigm 3D printing centre intends to generate 2,000 items per year using modern 3D printers from Stratasys Ltd. However, it has set a greater goal, aiming for 20,000 components every year within a decade.
EASA Part 21G Aerospace
Being located in Dubai, one of the world’s major aviation hubs, has its own set of benefits. It means fewer delays from importing parts and a more efficient supply chain.
The Paradigm 3D printing hub in Jebel Ali is the first in the Middle East to generate aeroplane parts that comply with EASA Part 21G aerospace rules, the industry’s highest safety criteria.
The hub manufactures a wide range of items, including in-flight toilet components and cooling systems. A typical Airbus A320 has approximately 340,000 unique components, and the 3D-printed parts from the Jebel Ali hub meet the strength and safety standards of traditionally manufactured components.
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