Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (ADG) will use Stratasys Fortus 450mc in the construction of tooling, functional and prototyping parts for aircraft. Chris Botting, Materials, Processes and Additive Manufacturing Engineer, Marshall ADG commented that FDM technology transformed the way they operate, and the aerospace-grade 3D printers and materials allow them to meet their increasingly aggressive deadlines and complex manufacturing needs. Botting added that before committing to costly aluminum machining, they used Fortus 450mc to 3D print a prototype in ASA material. Additive manufacturing is one of the most extensively utilized technologies in aerospace applications. The acquisition of Stratasys 3D printers will supplement Marshall ADG’s repair and maintenance activities.
The 3D printer helped the company create a precise working prototype of a complex part, which has also allowed them to demonstrate that it had potential to be printed in Nylon 12 material rather than conventional technique of machining from aluminum. Stratasys’ FDM 3D printers have also been employed in the transportation sector. Recently, Bombardier Transportation bought an F900 3D printer for prototyping and producing functional parts to be used in trains and trams. The parts will be manufactured with the engineering-grade ULTEM 9085 material. Marshall ADG will use the same material to 3D print aircraft interiors. Botting has added that they’re using the Stratasys Fortus 450mc FDM Printer and ULTEM 9085 resin, which is a sturdy, but lightweight 3D printing material that has excellent thermal and chemical resistance.
Marshall ADG, the UK-based aircraft design, and maintenance company was founded in 1909, supports sixteen air forces globally and has been a partner of the Royal Air Force for almost a century. The company has ongoing aerospace and defense contracts with the Swedish Air Force, Royal Netherlands Air Force, and others. Furthermore, Marshall ADG is also a partner in the Hercules Integrated Operational Support (HIOS) program along with joint partners Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce, and the UK Ministry of Defence, which is intended to support the Royal Air Force C-130J fleet.