Introduction: according to the development of such an international situation, the Antarctic bear believes that the manufacturing and production demand of military industry and fighter aircraft will be more and more. These cutting-edge new products are increasingly inseparable from 3D printing technology. Even the parts of British tempest fighter have set a target that 30% are manufactured through 3D printing!

Next, the Antarctic bear will introduce a military weapons company called BAE Systems, which has 86000 employees, operates in more than 40 countries and uses a large number of 3D printing technologies. It is an active and powerful force in the field of 3D printing.

In July 2020, the Antarctic bear learned that BAE opened a new future factory in Warton, Lancashire, UK, which will manufacture 30% of tempest fighter parts through 3D printing. In this new intelligent factory, the assembly line is also composed of tempest parts by Internet of things robots. In addition to advanced automation, engineers at the new plant will also use virtual and augmented reality technology to manufacture combat aircraft.

BAE Systems' military weapons company uses metal 3D printing titanium alloy fluid to launch vector nozzles

△ the intelligent robot can assist the factory to deploy parts and consumables as needed

As the global economy is affected by the covid-19 epidemic, industrial manufacturers must seek lower cost production methods. Relying on the advantages of 3D printing manufacturing, BAE Systems can save costs and shorten the production time by half; Bae has reduced the manufacturing time of a rear fuselage component from two years to two months. Bae also takes advantage of another biggest advantage of 3D printing, choosing to print more parts in-house instead of sending them to middlemen for production.

In fact, BAE has been using 3D printing technology for 20 years. Starting from rapid prototyping (3D printer was originally used as an assistant engineer), BAE team has developed into a standard and functional component for 3D printing of aircraft such as typhoon. Through cooperation with Renishaw and STRATASYS, BAE has opened a new door, provided more additive manufacturing resources, and strengthened its industry position by innovating the research, design, development and actual production of aircraft systems.

△ BAE Systems factory has deployed several sets of equipment from Renishaw, a British Metal 3D printing manufacturer, to print and produce fighter parts

△ Metal 3D printing titanium alloy fluid thrust vectoring nozzle

BAE Systems has been a customer of STRATASYS since 2006, with polyjet and melt deposition modeling (FDM) processes, including multiple f900 production printers installed at the advanced manufacturing base in samlesbury, UK; 3D printing technology has been deployed in land, marine and aviation fields, and STRATASYS materials and hardware products can even be used in advance. This includes carbon fiber filled FDM nylon 12CF material to create strong and lightweight maintenance and development tools for the production line.

△ industrial grade FDM 3D printer STRATASYS f900 in fighter factory

Even, parts printed with enhanced high-performance 3D printing materials can replace parts produced by traditional processes. For example, the use of durable thermoplastic materials for various aircraft ground equipment, such as the cockpit floor of tempest storm fighter, is a direct 3D printing installation.

Dave Holmes, aviation manufacturing director of BAE Systems, said when the new smart factory opened: “we are preparing for the fourth industrial revolution. 3D printing promotes the development of manufacturing capacity to ensure that we can continue to provide military manufacturing capacity to deal with future threats; At the same time, improve productivity and provide customers with better cost performance. “

Globally, many militarily developed countries have placed 3D printing technology in a very important position and purchased and deployed a large number of 3D printers to produce weapons parts. Antarctic bear hopes that our military manufacturing units should also more actively apply 3D printing technology to the R & D, verification, production and manufacturing of specific products.

        Editor in charge: PJ

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