RepAIR consortium sees 3D printing as ideal cost-saving and real-time aircraft maintenance tool

RepAIR consortium sees 3D printing as ideal cost-saving and real-time aircraft maintenance tool

The aviation industry is a strange place for several reasons, but perhaps most unusual is the fact that it largely relies on ‘old-fashioned’ technology. While everything in the automotive world needs to be better and faster and more streamlined, 65 percent of all commercial airliners are Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320 models which have been around for ages: since the 1960s and the 1980s, respectively. While the designs and manufacturing processes have improved over the years, many of the core components and equipment have stayed the same for at least three decades. Maintenance, however, has continued to create […]

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