(Image courtesy of STELIA Aerospace.)
French aerostructure manufacturer STELIA Aerospace has revealed a demonstrator for metallic self-reinforced fuselage panels, with stiffeners directly manufactured on the surface. This feat of aerospace engineering was achieved through additive manufacturing.
According to the company, this new technology should, in the long term, eliminate the current added stiffeners, which are attached to the fuselage panels with fixing screws or welding.
Source URL: Introducing the First Self-Reinforced Fuselage Panel Made with 3D Printing
Source Website: Advance Engineering – Engineering.com