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 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.”