Additive Manufacturing Solutions
Game-changing Additive Manufacturing technology for aftersales materials services
In Satair Group, we are using state of the art technology to industrialize Additive Manufacturing, often referred to as “3D printing”. Additive Manufacturing is the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, built layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies.
This new technology will allow for efficient production of small batch sizes for both active and out-of-production aircraft programmes.
Out-of-production is a major opportunity for 3D Printing in the spare parts business, offering a new solution to ensure the availability of parts. Active aircraft programmes will also benefit from the technology. The goal is to use the existing established capabilities and to come up with new logistics and even more effective business models for our customers.
3D printing offers significant advantages, where a large number of part families are handled in various batch quantities to meet different levels of demand from our customers. A particular benefit is seen with parts required in small to medium batch sizes, which do not have a predictable demand. These parts are traditionally stocked, tying up large amounts of capital until an order is placed. 3D printing now means it is possible to produce these parts only when required. The main benefits include:
- Efficient production of small volumes
- Reduced lead times
- Higher part availability & inventory reduction
- No need for costly manufacturing tooling
- Part redesign, optimisation and weight saving possible
- Higher eco-efficiency
To provide this game-changing service, Satair Group combines extensive Airbus know-how within customer services, innovation, engineering, production and quality.