Senior invests in Stratasys FDM 3D printers

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Senior Aerospace BWT has enhanced its additive manufacturing capabilities by installing Stratasys 3D printers to spearhead the design, production and deployment of 3D-printed interior aircraft parts for its customers.

Located at the company’s Macclesfield, Cheshire site, Senior Aerospace BWT is equipped with two industrial-grade Stratasys Fortus 450mc 3D printers, and has undertaken a rigorous testing and qualification programme of Stratasys’ aerospace-grade ULTEM 9085 resin on behalf of its key customers.

“Senior Aerospace BWT is now an industry leader in driving the increased adoption of thermoplastic 3D-printed parts for aircraft, enabling our customers to benefit from the significant benefits that this technology delivers,” stated Darren Butterworth, CEO, Senior Aerospace BWT. “After two years of intensive R&D work, we have qualified the associated products and processes, which enable us to produce flight-ready parts quickly and cost-effectively for our customers. We now have the capability of deploying a robust, accurate, repeatable and traceable process – which is what the industry demands.”

The company sees significant savings in terms of component weight, cost and lead-time when using Stratasys FDM-based additive manufacturing in place of traditionally sourced aluminium. For certain parts, savings are as much as 75% – particularly for small order quantities.



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