British airways predicts 10 future applications of 3D printing in aviation

- Dec 13, 2019-

British Airways has announced that it has predicted 10 future applications for 3D printing in aircraft cabins based on current application maturity.

The details are as follows:

1. The tableware

2. Accessories such as toothbrush or comb

3. The tray table

4. Airplane Windows

5. Inflight entertainment screens

6. The seat

7. The luggage

8. Electrical parts circuit board

9. Flight deck switch

10. Aircraft skeleton

British airways has compiled a list of ten applications that are expected to benefit from the technology in the future, considering the possibility of placing 3D printers in airports or even on aircraft.

Some of the predictions in this list cover current emerging applications, including 3d-printed surround sound multimedia seats, while convenience kits such as toothbrushes and combs rank second, while 3d-printed tableware tops the list.

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A hypersonic aircraft model for British airways' future flyer BA2119 project

The aerospace industry is a leader in the use of 3D printing technology.

But as an airline operator rather than a manufacturer of commercial aircraft, British airways has a broader vision.

"3D printing is an important step toward a sustainable future for the aviation industry," the company said.

3D printers produce parts that are sturdy and durable, but weigh 55 percent less.

For every kilogram of weight lost over the life of the aircraft, up to 25 tons of carbon dioxide emissions can be saved."

Ba's focus on 3D printing is to follow the BA2119 future flyer program.

To celebrate British airways' centenary as the UK's flag carrier, futuropod aims to explore new concepts and reshape the customer experience for the future.

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The 3D printer customizes drugs in case of emergency

Based on data collected from 13,000 consumers, leading industry experts and futurologists, British aviation has teamed up with data research firm Foresight Factory to make some solid predictions for future air travel.

One possibility is that within the next decade, biometric scanners that collect passengers' physiological and nutritional needs could give food and drink Suggestions to meet individual needs, and 3D print those needs on the plane.

A further step might be to 3D print emergency medicines in case they are needed at high altitude.

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British airways has set a goal of achieving zero carbon emissions from its flights by 2050.

This is still a real prospect for 3D printing applications, especially given that some of the 3D printed parts are already being used on flights operated by British airways.

Its fleet now comprises more than 280 aircraft from Boeing and airbus, which have taken key steps to integrate 3D printing with MRO and new component design.

Visitors experience a VR future flight at the saatchi gallery in London on July 30

Ricardo vidal, head of innovation at British airways, said: "we work with start-ups and innovative partners from around the world to explore and implement technologies from artificial intelligence to biometrics to help us deliver a seamless airport experience for our customers.

And 3D printing is another advance that will keep us at the forefront of airline innovation.