Saab conducted a test flight of an external 3D printed replacement hatch component of a Gripen multirole fighter at a facility in Linköping, Sweden.
This test was conducted to demonstrate the use of laminated molding in battlefield damage repair.
Saab Gripen C / D Contract Manager Håkan Stake said:
“The potential of this approach means that field maintenance personnel have access to individually installed spare parts, eliminating the need to rely on emergency repairs or cannibalize other failed aircraft for parts. , And even fewer aircraft can be reduced. Parts have been deployed, which also reduces the operational time lost in repairs. “
The 3D-printed replacement hatch was manufactured using the nylon polymer “PA2200” and customized for the jet.
The original hatch of the aircraft did not have a 3D computer model.
Ellen Molin, Senior Vice President and Head of the Saab Support and Services Business Area, said: “This test flight of operational impact components is an important step because the aircraft, including all components, must always meet the stringent requirements of the airworthiness process.
“Layered modeling will be groundbreaking in terms of increasing the availability of on-site operations.”
Gripen aircraftDeveloped by Saab, it first flew in December 1988 and began operational services in the Swedish Air Force in 1997.
In January Saab proposed the construction of a sensor center Under bid for the Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP) in Canada.
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