British Airways is looking at the possibility of using 3D printers to create aircraft parts in the future. These printers would be located at airports around the world to reduce delays for customers and emissions caused by transporting items.
The airline’s innovators predict that non-essential cabin parts will be first on the list to be generated, including pieces of tray tables, entertainment systems and toilets. While these components do not impact the safe operation of the flight, they can reduce the number of seats or toilets available for customers and cause delays as engineers wait for the parts to be flown to wherever the aircraft is.
“3D printing is an essential step towards the sustainable future of aviation as the printers can produce parts that, while as strong and durable as traditional components, weigh up to 55 percent less,” said the company. Every kilogram removed saves up to 25 tons of CO2 emissions during the lifespan of an aircraft.
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