As a pioneer in the aerospace industry, the Airbus has used 3D Printing in creating parts for flight controllers, cabin parts, helicopter parts, along with combining robotics in other collaborations—of which there have been many in the past few years. Now, Airbus continues their ventures into 3D printing with Ultimaker known for desktop 3D Printers that are popular with users from the individual to the industrial level.
Airbus has chosen a range of Ultimaker 3D printers, Cura software, and materials for use in their European facilities fabricating local parts such as:
- Lightweight design parts
With a reputation that precedes them in terms of reliability and versatility, Ultimaker was chosen as the 3D printer of choice for Airbus due to their requirements for ease in use, dependable results, and open-source technology. Services and support will play a big role in the choice of Ultimaker too, as they promise to deliver in terms of ensuring consistency and ultimately, product quality for all of their teams involved—not only in Europe, but in other Airbus facilities around the globe too. So far, they will be awaiting delivery of Ultimaker S5 3D printers, along with corresponding software, material, parts, services, and peripheral features.
“We are very proud that Airbus selected Ultimaker. Strict rules regarding safety and certifications can make manufacturing and model-making workflows complicated, especially for engineers in the aerospace industry,” said Jos Burger, CEO at Ultimaker. “I am glad that our certified solution and the possibility to print with composite materials, enables these engineers to keep innovating. The team at Airbus can fully rely on our dedicated global sales and partner network for full support.”
While enormous industrial companies like Airbus are choosing Ultimaker for serious tasks at the desktop, other users around the world are making strides in science with complex shape shifting geometries, fabrication of prosthetics for children in third-world countries, and using this hardware for new learning endeavors in STEAM education.
Headquartered in the Netherlands, Ultimaker was founded in 2010 and is an OEM that also develops software with its Cura platform.
Ultimaker maintains other offices also as they maintain a growing and international presence from New York to Boston to Singapore, along with other production facilities in both Europe and the US. Currently, around the world, Ultimaker employs over 400 individuals.