3D print in Czech Aviation Industry

Can aviation manufacturers use 3D print in their production? What are pros and cons of this technology and what about its future? Those were main questions of a panel discussion organised by the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry on Wednesday 29th November in the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics.

Representatives of both universities and industrial companies were present at the panel hosted by Alice Undusová, executive director of CCAI, and Michael Valášek, dean of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague. “3D print is one of areas where industrial companies and scientific institutions have very similar level of knowledge,” explained the dean. One of his colleagues from CTU, Mr. Beránek then summarised main advantages and disadvantages of the additive technology and Mr. Vrána from Brno University of Technology described how they test limits of 3D print of various materials. On both universities, students use their knowledge and experience with 3D print in projects of designing and building their own Formula cars.

Representing the industry, Mr. Kůs from Ray Service company described usage of additive technology in production of interconnection cables and engine harnesses for aviation industry. Mr. Vtípil from CARDAM – Center of Applied Research and Development for Additive Manufacturing shared his experience from projects running in cooperation with the Czech Academy of Science. One example of extended usage of 3D printing shared also Milan Šlapák from GE Aviation Czech. In development and manufacturing of new ATP engine, GE used additive technology to reduce time of the development, production cost and even the weight of the engine. “There are 21 3D printed parts on the engine, but they replace 855 parts that we would produce with conventional technology,” said Šlapák.

The presentations were followed by fruitful discussion with students. After the session, attendees had a chance to view objects presented by the speakers as examples of 3D print used in aviation.


If you understand Czech, watch the whole discussion:

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