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3D printing means innovating fast and flying with confidence

Get your ideas off the ground quickly. Stratasys technology helps aerospace manufacturers innovate faster, test more thoroughly and maximize resources.

Over the last decade, aerospace innovators have pushed 3D printing beyond the realm of prototyping into advanced tooling and production applications. Stratasys has partnered with them along the way to develop the materials and processes that are making 3D printed parts commonplace on aircraft and spacecraft -- and cementing the technology as an engineering mainstay.

Reduce fuel costs and increase payload

  • Consolidate assemblies to reduce weight.
  • Gain the freedom to fabricate topologically-optimized components to subtract weight without adding cost.

Minimize supply-chain risk and maximize flexibility

  • Gain the freedom to produce complex geometries that wouldn't be feasible with any other manufacturing process.
  • Simplify inventory and lessen dependence on multiple suppliers by reducing part count.
  • Soften the impact of late design changes with durable, flight-worthy components that can be 3D printed in-house in certified, traceable material.

Eliminate high costs for low-volume parts

  • Produce strong, lightweight composite parts and improve production efficiency by 3D printing sacrificial mandrels and durable lay-up tools.
  • Avoid high machining costs for parts that can be built from durable thermoplastics. Greater complexity won't drive up costs.
  • Improve production efficiency with jigs and fixtures that can be built quickly and affordably.
  • Create custom tools or parts for individual repairs and restorations.

Why Stratasys 3D Printing?

FDM Technology

  • Engineering-grade and high-performance thermoplastics for durable tools and flight-worthy parts.
  • Sacrificial tooling material to simplify production of complex composite parts.
  • Outstanding accuracy and layer resolution as fine as 0.127 mm (0.005 in.)

PolyJet Technology

  • Layer resolution as fine as 14 microns (0.00055 in.) for smooth master patterns, prototypes and models.
  • Rigid, opaque, multi-color, transparent and flexible materials for realistic multi-material models.

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing

  • On-demand access to a variety of traditional and additive technologies.
  • Expertise in a range of manufacturing processes.
  • Great for one-off parts, overflow work or evaluating technologies.

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