CTC GmbH is a subsidiary of Airbus, which we all know is a big fan of 3D printing. The CTC plays a large role in developing those 3D printed components for Airbus aircraft, as the leading research and development center in Germany for CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer) aerospace parts. Part of the CTC’s research involves testing and evaluating advanced 3D printing methods and materials – and when it comes to polymer materials, there are few that are more advanced than those provided by Roboze.
Roboze has announced that they will be working together with the CTC to assess how Roboze’s technology and materials can meet the needs of the aerospace industry, particularly through their advanced materials such as PEEK, PEI and Carbon PA, a carbon fiber reinforced polyamide. The CTC, which is working on next generation 3D printing technologies for the production of composite parts, will evaluate Roboze’s materials and provide feedback about any developments needed to best serve Airbus’ needs.
“In CTC we have always worked on consolidating the current production of aircraft components in composites and, above all, on anticipating future ones. 3D printing of engineering-grade plastics is one of them,” said Dipl.-Ing. Johannes Born, project manager leading the Additive Layer Manufacturing topics at CTC. “We were looking for an ideal solution to support our needs in terms of precision, technology and materials that offer high performance and high temperatures. By acquiring the new Roboze One + 400, CTC will assess its capabilities in order to accelerate the design and production of small series using advanced materials such as PEEK and PEI, thus enabling functional testing of real parts that might go into production in the coming years.”
Born is highlighting the importance of projects such as these along with M.Sc Sascha Backhaus, project manager in the Industrial Systems Department at CTC and an expert in mechatronics and digitalization.
The Roboze One+400 was officially launched last year, and was further improved shortly after its release. Roboze is a company that never stops improving, and welcomes feedback from clients – of which they’ve already had several in aviation, in defense, in research and development, and more. The Roboze One+400 has drawn a lot of attention for its ability to produce plastic parts that can withstand high-stress, high-temperature environments and thus lend themselves to high-performance applications – not just for prototyping, but for end-use parts.
“We are excited to collaborate closely with the Airbus group and in particular with CTC and with high level engineers such as Mr. Born and Mr. Backhaus,” said Alessio Lorusso, CEO of Roboze. “We spoke extensively about the current needs of the group, which should be the goal for Roboze’s products now and in the future. We also had the opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions on the future applications that we can develop together.”
CTC GmbH is recognized globally as a leader for its ability to ramp up production and support serial production, as well as its investigations into advanced materials and technologies such as 3D printing. The Roboze One+400 currently supports 13 different 3D printing materials, and collaborations like this one are often what lead to new, even better materials and composites for advanced applications. Discuss in the Roboze forum at 3DPB.com.
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