Since the application of a unique patent from Boeing to 3D Print aircraft parts, a number of airlines have been trying to employ 3d printing technology to replace the old-fashioned manufacturing process.
This week, China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd. has completed in creating 3D Printed aircraft parts in a Boeing 777-300ER, such as the seats, parts of a cabin and even the handles of the aircraft.
As stated by Boeing a month ago, shipping of manufactured aircraft parts normally takes a lot of time and could even damage the components in rare cases. Furthermore, traditional manufacturing techniques rarely executes the complicated process of creating fully customized aircraft parts, especially if the component has hundreds of small details to be taken care of.
Aircrafts of huge airlines sometimes fly almost 4-5 trips a day. For such airlines with planes that travel all around the world, it is more than necessary to have backup components for the aircraft in case it fails to function. However, It is almost impossible to have extra aircraft parts for all of the aircraft.
However, with 3D Printing technology, airlines could 3D Print aircraft parts when needed, which could save a lot of time and money for big airlines like China Eastern Airlines.