Leuven, Belgium – Materialise NV, a provider of additive manufacturing (AM) software and sophisticated 3D printing solutions, is expanding its current offering to the aerospace industry. By obtaining EN9100 and EASA 21G certification, Materialise has started authorized delivery of airworthy additive manufactured end-use parts in addition to the prototypes and software it already provides to customers, helping them reduce the weight and operating cost of aircraft while improving fuel efficiency and performance.
The EN9100 is a certification of quality assurance for the aeronautic and aerospace sector and an EASA Part 21G certified production organization can deliver parts with a Form 1, implying that the parts are “ready to fly”. The certifications currently cover the manufacturing of plastic parts and there are plans to certify additional materials in the future.
The Director of Materialise’s Factory for 3D Printing, Jurgen Laudus, says, “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 recognized 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.”
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