Stratasys has signed a seven-year partnership extension with the Colorado based aerospace company Boom Supersonic. Together, under this agreement, the companies are looking to advance the adoption of additive manufacturing for flight hardware by utilizing Stratasys’ Aircraft Interiors Solution (AIS) package alongside the F900 3D printer.
The partnership started in 2017 using Stratasys’ F370 and Fortus 450 to develop the Supersonic XB-1 aircraft. Now under the extension Boom Supersonic will continue prototyping the XB-1 with Stratasys support.
“By being able to print critical parts and components on site rather than purchasing them from a supplier, we can create custom parts, increase our speed from engineering to manufacturing, and focus on building the aircraft and fulfilling our vision,” explained Mike Jagemann, Head of XB-1 Production at Boom. He continues, “Stratasys’ standing as a global leader in 3D printed aerospace applications made them an ideal partner for Boom, and we’re excited to extend this partnership long-term.”
Boom Supersonic was established in 2014 with a goal to “make the world dramatically more accessible” by creating the fastest commercial airliner. Its XB-1 aircraft acted as a subscale prototype for Overture, the company’s Mach-2.2 commercial airliner. Boom Supersonic opted to use the Stratasys F370 and Fortus 450mc 3D printers in 2017 and has 3D printing over 200 parts in the process for tooling, prototypes, and test benches.
Jagemann added, “During the first three years of our partnership, we 3D printed more than 200 parts for tooling, prototypes and test benches using Stratasys’ F370 and Fortus 450mc 3D printers, and have saved hundreds of hours of work time, enabling rapid iteration of design cycles.”
Boom Supersonic hopes to utilize Stratasys’ Aircraft interior solutions package to speed up and streamline the qualification of its additively manufactured parts for aircraft installation. Stratasys claim the package will be instrumental in the production of the XB-1 and Overture, which is expected to fly more than two times the speed of sound, or in excess of 1,500 miles per hour (2,400 km/h). The XB-1 is expected to be rolled out later in 2019 and flown at supersonic speed in 2020. The Overture is currently in the development stage, and consumer travel is expected to begin in the mid-2020s.
“The team at Boom is doing something that’s never been achieved – successful mainstream supersonic airline travel. But development of aircraft that can safely and efficiently travel at Mach 2.2 requires a new approach to manufacturing processes,” added Rich Garrity, President Americas, Stratasys.
“Working together, our teams have put the technology to work for efficient, reliable and repeatable prototypes, tooling and jigs and fixtures. Now, we’re ready to go further for strong, durable, lightweight production-grade aircraft parts.”
Both Stratasys and Boom Supersonic will be present at the International Paris Air Show this week. Stratasys will be showcasing its solutions for the aerospace industry at Hall 4, Stand D192, whereas Boom Supersonic is located at Chalet Row C, #24.
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