ANZ To 3D Print Interiors Components

Air New Zealand (ANZ) has confirmed plans to begin producing its own 3D printed aircraft components for use in its business class cabins.

Air New Zealand (ANZ) has confirmed plans to begin producing its own 3D printed aircraft components for use in its business class cabins.

The flag carrier is working with the Auckland University of Technology to manufacture fold down tray tables which it intends to begin installing on its fleet in the coming weeks, pending regulatory approval.

ANZ’s chief operations officer Bruce Parton said that due to the number of parts in aircraft interiors, components produced using traditional manufacturing methods can be expensive and involve delays while a replacement part is delivered.

“A big advantage of 3D printing is that it allows us to make cost-effective lightweight parts ourselves, and to do so quickly without compromising on safety, strength or durability,” said Parton, who also revealed the airline will look into producing other components through additive manufacturing processes.

 

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