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CASE STUDY | China Eastern Airlines

Stratasys Fortus 450mc for Aircraft Maintenance reduces cost by up to 72%

In 2015, China Eastern Airline’s (CEA) first brand-new Boeing 777 passenger aircraft had misprinted seat signs. The cost for purchasing replacements was too expensive for such a small error, so engineers used 3D printing. The new signs were ready in three days at a much lower cost, so CEA quickly set up a dedicated AM lab to explore more applications for 3D printing.

Eastern Airlines Technic set up the lab with a Fortus® 450mc and ULTEM™ 9085 resin, a high-performance thermoplastic material with high strength-to weight ratio compliant to relevant FAA and CAAC25 requirements.

Since its inception, the lab has successively produced and installed more than 300 finished parts, making CEA the first domestic airline to have 3D-printed interior parts in commercial planes.