Spirit AeroSystems to deliver 1st 3D-printed commercial aircraft part to Boeing

Spirit AeroSystems [NYSE: SPR] has announced it has taken delivery of its first additive-manufactured, titanium, structural component for the Boeing 787, the company said.

The part, a back-up fitting for an access door latch, has been machined and finished at Spirit´s Wichita site, and installed in a 787 forward fuselage. The forward fuselage will ship to Boeing´s final assembly facility in January.

The milestone follows more than nine years of collaboration on technology innovations and applications between Spirit and Norsk Titanium (NTi).

Spirit AeroSystems is one of the largest manufacturers of fabricated parts for the aerospace industry. The company delivers a fully-integrated forward fuselage structure on the 787 program, with all flight controls tested and installed. The composite forward fuselage section is built using automated fiber placement machines, winding composite tape into a one-piece fuselage section.

Spirit employs about 16,000 people worldwide designing and building complex aerostructures for the world´s most recognizable airplanes. Spirit builds the forward fuselage section of every Boeing commercial airplane in production today, as well as wing and propulsion components.

Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. Spirit operates sites in the US, UK, France and Malaysia. The company´s core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components for the world´s premier aircraft.