Spanish aerospace composite specialist IDEC and German advanced prototyping service provider, Wehl & Partner. IDEC focused on the testing of a new composite material, investigating the molding process for the manufacture of a curved aircraft wing using RTM. Wehl & Partner used its Stratasys 3D printer, supplied by Stratasys’ Spanish distributor, Pixel Sistemas. Standard epoxy materials available at IDEC did not have the required properties for the unusual application involving the electric current, as it needed to withstand temperatures exceeding 140°C. Calderón commented “This project required high temperatures of between 150°C and 180°C to heat the fabrics directly, which made Stratasys FDM additive manufacturing and the use of ULTEM™ 1010 resin, in particular, the perfect choice. Although there are epoxy resins resistant to such high temperatures, these are very expensive, and would not have been financially viable.” IDEC and Wehl & Partner are not alone in utilizing ULTEM 3D printing material for manufacturing parts in the aerospace industry. 3D printing material for use in its A350 XWB aircraft, using Stratasys 3D printers. In the 3D printing of interior components for aircrafts, Stratasys recently produced a comprehensive guide on the engineering-grade resin with Ohio-based 3D printing service bureau Rapid Prototype+Manufacturing. Featured image shows the preform tool produced with the Stratasys F900 Production System using ULTEM™ 1010 resin.
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