Etihad Airways Engineering to use Bigrep 3D printers for MRO

Etihad Airways Engineering will deploy a BigRep ONE 3D printer in its maintenance, operations and repair facility at the Etihad home base in Abu Dhabi.
Etihad Airways Engineering to use Bigrep 3D printers for MRO
Etihad Airways Engineering will deploy a BigRep ONE 3D printer in its maintenance, operations and repair facility at the Etihad home base in Abu Dhabi. The printer, made by BigRep (a global leader in large-scale 3D printing), will be used in daily operations to print jigs, fixtures and (non-flying) parts on site and on demand.
 
Its arrival highlights the first phase in a partnership between BigRep and Etihad Engineering established earlier this year, and will be followed by deploying the next-generation industrial 3D printer BigRep EDGE, with the aim to jointly develop, test and certify new materials for 3D-printed aircraft cabin parts. With the introduction of the new industrial 3D printers PRO and EDGE, unveiled just two weeks ago, BigRep is moving forward to the production of end-use parts for the aerospace industry.
 
Bernhard Randerath, Vice President Design, Engineering & Innovation of Etihad Airways Engineering, said, “We are at the forefront of bringing this exciting technology into aviation and will work with our partners to ensure a successful certification of 3D printing technology, and with it towards the vision of a 3D-printed cabin.”
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