Antero 800NA now qualified for 3D printed parts on Boeing planes

Boeing has announced that they have qualified PEKK-based thermoplastic, Antero 800NA, from Stratasys to manufacture higher-fatigue structural components for use on their fleet of aircraft planes.

The certification comes after an extensive evaluation of the material’s performance in a 2 year qualification program, and is testament to Boeing’s commitment in driving the development and application of 3D printing in the aerospace sector, starting first with non-functional parts before building towards interior cabin components.

Capable of withstanding higher temperatures than traditional AM products , Antero 800NA is the first material from Stratasys to be qualified by Boeing for use in applications with elevated chemical resistance or fatigue requirements.

Boeing has recognized the tremendous utility of Antero to meet applications that couldn’t have been 3D-printed before.

Additive manufacturing has tremendous benefits for simplifying aerospace supply chains both in original equipment and MRO, but robust materials for meeting challenging flight requirements have been needed.Scott Sevcik, Aerospace Vice President at Stratasys

The Orion spacecraft leverages a variant of new Stratasys Antero 800NA to build an intricately-connected 3D printed docking hatch door
This 3D printed Orion docking hatch cover is made of Polyetherketoneketone (PEKK), an advanced thermoplastic with electro-static dissipative capabilities.

Antero 800NA was previously used alongside ULTEM 9085 by NASA and Lockheed Martin to produce an intricately connected docking hatch door for the Orion deep-space spacecraft, but Boeing’s move makes them the first Aerospace OEM to qualify Antero 800NA for 3D printed flight parts.

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