Ultimaker, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, announced on 12 February 2019 that it has been selected by aircraft manufacturer Airbus to supply Ultimaker 3D printers, Ultimaker Cura software and materials to use in its European facilities. Airbus will mainly use the Ultimaker portfolio for the direct, local production of tools, jigs and fixtures, and printing lightweight design parts with composite materials.
Ultimaker, a NPM Capital portfolio company, was selected by Airbus because of its ease of use, reliable results, and open technology, which meets the stringent requirements the aerospace industry has in regard to 3D printed applications. The full portfolio consists of a non-disclosed number of Ultimaker S5 printers and continuous access to Ultimaker Cura software, materials, spare parts, services, and add-ons to the different teams, first in Europe, and later worldwide.
According to a recent Frost & Sullivan report, the global 3D printing materials market for the aerospace industry is expected to reach $535.1 million by 2024. Airbus has historically embraced 3D printing, and the partnership with Ultimaker further underscores their commitment to further utilizing 3D printing within their factories.
Jos Burger, CEO at Ultimaker: “We are very proud that Airbus selected Ultimaker. Strict rules regarding safety and certifications can make manufacturing and model-making workflows complicated, especially for engineers in the aerospace industry. I am glad that our certified solution and the possibility to print with composite materials enable these engineers to keep innovating. The teams at Airbus can fully rely on our dedicated global sales and partner network for full support.”