Piper Aircraft announced today, that it has produced the first production part using 3D printing technology as part of its launch into additive manufacturing. The part, which is a component within the climate control system, was created using the HP Multi Jet Fusion 4200 3D printer. Piper Aircraft established an additive manufacturing center in Q3 of 2018 with the goal of introducing new technology and reducing costs within the manufacturing process. Since late 2018, Piper has been identifying aircraft parts that can be manufactured using this technology and has worked to create and test various non-flight critical components with the goal of achieving FAA approval. Within the coming months, Piper expects to expand the use of 3D printing to a multitude of parts and is a key factor in improving throughput, controlling costs and maintaining quality.
“By being able to print parts and components on-site rather than purchasing them from suppliers, we can create parts on-demand, control quality, increase our speed from engineering to manufacturing, and focus on building the aircraft,” said Simon Caldecott, CEO and President of Piper Aircraft, Inc. “With our recent implementation of HP Multi Jet Fusion technology we have saved hundreds of hours of work time, which has resulted in savings of up to 200% on certain parts. We are excited to expand our use of additive manufacturing across all product lines.”
About Piper Aircraft
Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single- and twin-engine aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series – the M600, M500, and M350 – offers businesses and individuals elegant performance and value. The Personal Class Seneca V, Archer LX and Archer DLX balance proven performance, efficiency, and simplicity in a piston-powered aircraft. The Trainer Class Pilot 100/100i, Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole and Seneca V aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
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