Airbus Takes The Sting Out Of Livery Applications

Airbus hopes to revolutionise how an airline’s livery is applied by developing a new direct inkjet printing method.

Airbus hopes to revolutionise how an airline’s livery is applied by developing a new direct inkjet printing method.

Developed by engineers from the OEM’s A320 family paint shop in Hamburg, the use of inkjet printing delivers a number of production and operational improvements.

Able to reproduce any livery design, be it a photographic motif, modern art or other complex patterns (see below), faster and more efficiently than traditional painting processes, the new method also produces finer detail.

The advantages of inkjet-printed liveries are numerous, according to Airbus’ technology manager, Matthias Otto: “I can create colour gradients or photo-realistic motifs that could never be achieved with paint.”

 

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