The SES-15

As reported yesterday, Airbus is including 3D printing in the construction of their A350 XWB aircraft. It should come as no surprise that Airbus’ main competitor, Boeing, is no stranger to using additive manufacturing for their operations. More specifically, the company is applying 3D printing to make the production of Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites more efficient. The SES-15, which was launched in May to provide WIFI access on flights across North and Central America, contains 50 3D printed metal parts. This technique facilitates cost and time savings and increases Boeing’s flexibility in meeting changing customer preferences. According to Mark Spiwak, Boeing Satellite Systems International President, additive manufacturing has become part of the standard design process and enabled the SES-15 to be launched ahead of schedule. Read the full article at 3dprintingindustry.com.