AIRBUS HELICOPTER: CABIN VENTILATION DISTRIBUTOR

Airbus Helicopters produces the cabin ventilation distributor of H175 helicopter, current holder of climb speed record, certified by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

CONTEXT & CHALLENGE

The Airbus Helicopters cabin ventilation distributor was originally made by using composite of 7 separate parts. The objective was to minimize the final delivery time by dramatically reducing manufacturing time through 3D printing, using plastic laser sintering technology, also ensuring lower manufacturing costs.

 

SOLUTION DEPLOYED

  • Plastic laser sintering 3D printers
  • Polyamide powder PA12 material

BENEFITS

  • Design suitable for additive manufacturing as 1 part
  • Gain of about $1700 per part (10 to 15 parts per set)
  • 30% to 40% time savings on the development of prototype devices
  • Production time reduced to 1 week with additive manufacturing, instead of 3 months by using composite
  • 30 helicopters equipped since January 2009 – Commercial production since January 2015