The aviation industry giants Airbus has met with the heads of the North Western Polytechnical University in China over a proposed partnership with them, and the possibility of using 3D printing technology to design and create aircraft parts for future projects.

It looks like Airbus is looking to make major advancements in the way that they produce product parts, and are piloting a test project by collaborating with the University in China. If trials are a success, then one might see a domino effect and other aviation giants following suit. As the method of 3D printed parts cuts costs, and can replicate parts for aircrafts  no longer in manufactured.

The benefits of using this technology are very apparent; parts can be easily reverse engineered to specific design and developed with ease. Costs that are connected with traditional manufacturing will be drastically cut and the aircrafts themselves could become up to 50% lighter by the use of higher quality more durable materials compared to the materials used at the moment.

This report sheds more light on the positives of 3D printing technology. It’s a breath of fresh air and fresh innovation. It takes the attention and focus away from the unending argument and the controversy that has been generated by the media concerning 3d printed guns.


The utilization of this advanced printing process is in a variety of industries and growing by the day. More and more industries are exploring the possibilities and witnessing the benefits first hand. The healthcare sector is already in full swing and benefiting greatly.

With BAE already having completed projects that included 3D printed parts on a fighter jet, it proves that this technology has improved manufacturing methods.