Air New Zealand demos on-demand printing of aircraft parts

Air New Zealand has staged a proof of concept demonstration of on-demand 3D printing of replacement aircraft parts in partnership with Microsoft and aerospace industry players.

A digital file for the part was ordered from Singapore-based ST Engineering and sent to a 3D printer operated by Moog in Los Angeles where it was printed and installed within hours on an Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300 aircraft ahead of its scheduled departure.

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