How 3D Printing Parts Will Cut Down Aircraft Weight By Up to 7 Percent

Plane flying over San Diego Bay

The aviation industry is among the most respected industries of all times. This is because planes are the most efficient modes of transport for both humans and luggage. Understanding the basic physics behind planes is pretty straightforward; the less it weighs, the less fuel it consumes.

An average plane weighs about 360 pounds, and the fuel consumption ranges from the different types of planes depending on factors such as the number of trips it makes and also on the particular plane model. Recent research has shown that 3D printed parts can significantly bring down the weight of the aircraft therefore reducing the aircraft’s overall fuel consumption.

These research findings have been received very warmly by the aviation industry because they have been proven to not jeopardize with the plane’s performance. The research team from Northwestern University conducted a thorough case study that involved collecting the environmental effects of using the 3D parts.

The results were epic. They also concluded that the plane also emitted fewer amounts of carbon that harm the environment. For an industry that has been grappling with efforts to save as much as it can over the years, this research findings came at the right time even for users at the private jet charter.

The 3D parts will use aluminium, nickel and titanium. The study concluded that the most efficient method to make them is by using a layer by layer fashion. The best thing about these parts is the fact that they will be able to work on all types of planes. However, a large and constant supply of titanium will be needed to ensure that the 3D parts can be continually manufactured to meet the demand. Passengers are also excited by the news, and they hope that the saved fuel costs will also reflect on their travel tickets.

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