Latecoere Uses 3D Printing for Transformational Manufacturing Results
Founded in Toulouse, France, Latécoère produces specialized aerospace structures for leading aircraft companies such as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer and others. The company continues to demonstrate significant growth in the production of structural aerospace parts and the manufacture of electrical wiring systems, an area that Latécoère considers itself the second global market leader.
In a bid to maintain its competitive edge, Latécoère opened a dedicated R&D and Innovation Center to support its global engineering and commercial divisions. This includes the continued exploration of new technologies that enhance traditional design, prototyping and production processes to support manufacturing performance and accelerate part delivery.
The 3D printed miniature prototype of an Airbus aircraft door system.
“With our Fortus 450mc 3D Printer, we produced a fully-functional prototype ready for testing in just two days, reducing our lead times by 95% in comparison to conventional methods.”
Simon Rieu, Latécoère R&D and Innovation Center