Recently, British Airways is exploring the possibility of using 3D printers to make aircraft cabin parts.
Taking into account the possibility of placing 3D printers in airports or aircraft in the future, the airline has compiled a list of ten applications that may benefit from 3D printing technology in the future. For example, surround sound and seats for 3D printed media, among which convenience kits such as toothbrushes and combs ranked second in the list, while 3D printed tableware topped the list.
Aerospace is one of the most important application areas of additive manufacturing. As an airline operator rather than a commercial aircraft manufacturer, British Airways states: "3D printing is an important step towards a sustainable future for the aviation industry, as the parts produced by the printer are both strong and durable, The weight of the components is reduced by 55%. For every 1 kg of weight lost during the life of the aircraft, it can reduce up to 25 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. "
Working with data trends agency Foresight Factory, British Airways has collected data from 13,000 consumers, "leading industry experts and futurists," and the airline has inferred some possible results for future air travel. One possible possibility is that "in the next ten years," bio-scanners that collect the physiological and nutritional needs of travelers can suggest food and drinks to meet individual needs and print them on the plane. In addition, 3D printed jet lag drugs can be customized for travelers.
British Airways' "Flight Plan for the Future" culminated in a free summer exhibition in London's Saatchi Gallery, featuring an experience of virtual reality "flying", a conceptual holographic flight attendant and a hypersonic jet model.
British Airways has set a goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions from its flights by 2050. This area remains one of the real prospects for 3D printing applications, especially considering that many aircraft in the British Airways fleet may already have metal 3D printed components installed.
The British Airways fleet currently consists of more than 280 aircraft from Boeing and Airbus, and the two companies have taken key steps to integrate additive manufacturing with MRO and new part design.
Concluding remarks on British Airways' 3D printing perspective, Ricardo Vidal, the airline's innovation director, said: "We work with startups and innovation partners from around the world to explore and implement from artificial intelligence to accelerated turnaround time. The latest technology. Biometrics helps us provide our customers with a seamless airport experience.
"3D printing is another advanced technology that will keep us at the forefront of aviation innovation."
A complete list of the top ten British Airways predictions for airline 3D printing usage is as follows:
2. Products for a toiletry kit, such as a toothbrush or comb
3. Tray table
4. Airplane window
5. In-flight entertainment screen
8. Circuit board for electrical components
9. Cockpit switch