Tasman Machinery will be showcasing 3D printing technology for aerospace and defence applications at the Avalon 2013 air show later this month.
To be held from 26 February to 1 March 2013 at Avalon Airport, Geelong, Victoria, Avalon 2013 is the essential aviation, aerospace and defence showcase for Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
Tasman Machinery will use the Avalon 2013 platform to showcase Stratasys 3D printing and production systems and capabilities to an informed target audience.
According to Tasman Machinery Managing Director Dermid McKinley, leaders in aerospace choose Fused Deposition Modelling Technology (FDM) because it produces fast, functional prototypes, jigs and fixtures and end-use parts using durable thermoplastics.
FDM technology uses durable thermoplastic materials that can reduce product development time by nearly 90%, allowing for more testing and iterations. Additionally, it offers flexibility with a variety of thermoplastics designed for aerospace applications.
Stratasys 3D printing systems give military and defence manufacturing companies the freedom to design a single end-use part or build complex assembly prototypes. Flexible Stratasys FDM systems also make one-of-a-kind or small production runs more affordable for defence manufacturing companies.
Tasman Machinery will display many 3D printed prototypes and parts, including end-use parts for Leptron’s RDASS 4, a unique unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that weighs only five pounds and can be in the air within five minutes.