For Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group, the time is now to take flight. As one of the
world’s largest privately owned and independent aerospace and defense
companies, Marshall is consistently pushing the boundaries to engineer
accurate, complex, functional and lightweight parts with streamlined costs.
That’s why additive manufacturing is becoming a natural fit for their
production processes and they’re now using 3D printed parts from Stratasys that
Additive manufacturing is increasingly
a “go-to” application as manufacturers aim to boost performance and reliability
of complex, flight-ready parts – all at lower costs. These companies are
adopting the technology to power faster design iterations, decision-making and
responses to market changes – allowing fixtures and flight-ready parts to go
from idea to production in a fraction of the time. And since it’s aerospace,
all materials must align with the strict qualification and certification guidelines
set by the industry.
3D printing with Stratasys is a natural fit. The team is incorporating the
solution to manufacture flight-ready parts for several of its military, civil
and business aircraft – while engineering specific ground-running equipment at lower
costs than typical aluminum alternatives. They’re also integrating Stratasys
technology into 3D printed ductwork flying on heavily modified aircraft – as
well as key aircraft interior components.
manufacturer capitalizes on the Stratasys Fortus 450mc 3D Printer and ULTEM™ 9085 resin as key components of their
prototyping and manufacturing ecosystems. The FDM machine is purpose-built for
advanced prototyping and production - designed to 3D print in complex, requirement-driven
environments, such as aerospace and automotive industries.
resin is certified, high-performance FDM thermoplastic – allowing manufacturers
to 3D print production-grade parts for lightweight, high-strength and certified
applications. Advanced ULTEM materials ensure parts also meet the desired
flame, smoke and toxicity properties for aircraft interiors.
has also been instrumental for Marshall to prove complex designs before moving
to expensive production – including one of their key ducting adapter prototypes.
application, Marshall realized major cost savings for this 3D printed prototype,
alongside a 63 percent reduction in overall part weight.
The Fortus machine ensured Marshall
could 3D print the prototype in ASA material, before investing in more
expensive aluminum options during machining. This process allowed for development
of a working prototype of that intricate component – ultimately proving it
could be 3D printed in Nylon 12 rather than more costly options.
Chris Botting, Materials, Processes and Additive Manufacturing Engineer at
Marshall ADG – the company is completely invested in FDM technology:
“FDM technology has altered the way
we work, and the aerospace-grade 3D printers and materials enable us to meet
our increasing aggressive deadlines and complex manufacturing requirements. In
the future, there’s no doubt that 3D printing will continue to have a
significant impact in the way we design and manufacture in our business.”
just one of hundreds of aerospace companies worldwide empowering business to
take flight with additive manufacturing. Learn how to put the power of
Stratasys technology to work in your high-requirement manufacturing environment.
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