Materialise achieves certification for plastic parts for aerospace industry.
Additive manufacturing leader Materialise today announced it has obtained two industry standard certifications for the manufacturing of end-use parts for the aerospace industry.
Expanding its offering in one of the industrial 3D printing industry’s key sectors, the company has achieved EN9100 and EASA 21G certification to authorise the production of prototypes and end-use parts that can reduce weight, operating cost and improve fuel efficiency of aircraft.
The EN9100 is a certification of quality assurance for the aeronautic and aerospace sector. The EASA Part 21G certifies that an organisation can deliver parts with a Form 1 and indicates that the parts are “ready to fly”. By certifying one of the most advanced and mature additive manufacturing production facilities in the world, Materialise now aims to address the demands of partners throughout the aerospace sector.
Currently, the certifications apply to the manufacturing of plastic parts but there are plans to certify additional materials in the future. Perhaps the company’s recent addition of a metal 3D printing option to its industrial service offering could indicate there are plans to certify the production of parts in lightweight metal polymers such as aluminium.
Jurgen Laudus, Director of Materialise’s Factory for 3D printing commented: “We at Materialise have enjoyed a long collaboration with the aerospace industry as providers of high-quality prototypes, production tools and cutting-edge software. We have also recognised the growing demand for the manufacturing of end-use parts that are ready to take to the skies. By obtaining these certifications, we are ready to fulfil this demand by additively manufacturing functional end-use parts for partners throughout the sector in order to improve the overall performance of their aircraft.”