Etihad Engineering has collaborated with 3D printing technology providers EOS and BigRep to open the region’s first additive manufacturing facility with Design and Production Approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The laboratory, located at the Etihad Engineering facility adjacent to Abu Dhabi International Airport, features two approved industrial 3D printers.
The laboratory’s primary machine is the powder-bed fusion technology system EOS P 396, for demanding high performance and high-quality aircraft applications.
In contrast to traditional manufacturing processes, it enables faster production and reduced weight of cabin parts.
Bernhard Randerath, VP design, engineering and innovation at Etihad Engineering, said: “The launch of the new facility is in line with Etihad Engineering’s position as a leading global player in aircraft engineering as well as a pioneer in innovation and technology.
“We are extremely proud to collaborate with EOS and BigRep to expand our capability and support the UAE’s strategy to increase production technology and cement its position as a global aerospace hub.”