Boeing and ORNL have manufactured the largest 3D tool for aircraft construction
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Boeing have established a record by printing 3D detail of ABS plastic. A length of a product is almost 5.5 m and a width is more than 1.5 m. This was a reason to enter it into the Guinness Book of Records.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest institute in the United States, exploring issues in the field of green energy and energy security.
To print the product weighing nearly 750 kg, the experiment participants used a large-format 3D printer VAAM manufactured by CincinnatiIncorporated. The similar technology is used by LocalMotors in the manufacture of automotive bodies.
A part, the creation of which would take more than a day, will be used as a template for cutting. Previously, the production of such equipping variant took up to three months, according to the head of the supply department at Boeing Leo Christodoulou. Now, thanks to a new tool, components will be produced faster and cheaper.
The aircraft company intends to use the snap-in at a factory in St. Louis in the production of an updated liner. Its release is scheduled for 2020.