The PolyU Aviation Services Research Centre (ASRC) has developed a faster way to manufacture fixtures and components by using 3D printing instead of conventional machining. First, a 3D model of the component is obtained by scanning. This model is then used to print a fixture, to reprint the component, or to create repair doublers.
It can take a long time to manufacture and deliver fixtures and tooling for aircraft maintenance, causing delays and excessive turnaround times. 3D printing technology can resolve this problem by enabling the in-house design and manufacture of fixtures and tooling, resulting in a more effective maintenance service. This research project addresses the feasibility, capability, and cost of achieving this.
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