Western Tool & Mold adopts Stratasys' 3D Printing for aircraft interior components

Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, has announced that its recently launched Fortus 900mc Aircraft Interiors (AI) Certification Solution has been adopted by parts supplier Western Tool & Mold to produce aircraft cabin components that meet stringent FAA and EASA certification requirements, the company said.

Hong Kong-based Western Tool & Mold (WTM) serves the aerospace interiors market where airlines demand quick turnaround of replacement parts to improve supply chain efficiency, but are often challenged due to the unique geometries of individual components.

The Fortus 900mc Aircraft Interiors Certification Solution consists of ULTEMâ„¢ 9085 resin, which is a strong, lightweight thermoplastic meeting aerospace flame, smoke and toxicity (FST) regulations (FAR 25.863), and a new edition of the Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer with specialized hardware and software designed to deliver highly repeatable mechanical properties.

Western Tool & Mold is now using the Stratasys technology to 3D print aircraft cabin parts with complex geometries and low quantity demand such as first-class overhead bin lockers and lavatory components. By 3D printing these parts directly from CAD designs, bypassing metal manufacturing processes, WTM´s customers can test parts early in the design process and save hundreds of thousands of dollars in manufacturing costs.

For nearly 30 years, Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) has been a defining force in 3D printing and additive manufacturing, shaping the way things are made. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, the company empowers customers across vertical markets, including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, education, and consumer products, by enabling new approaches for design and manufacturing.