Air New Zealand extends 3D printing ventures in new agreement with Zenith Tecnica

    Air New Zealand partnered (09-Aug-2018) with New Zealand based company Zenith Tecnica to investigate 3D printed metal parts for aircraft and tools. Zenith Technica specialises in the design and manufacture of 3D printed titanium and other metals using a technology referred to as electron beam melting (EBM). The EBM machines are manufactured by Arcam EBM, a GE Additive company. Air New Zealand chief operations officer Bruce Parton said: “While we are in the initial stages of working with these companies on 3D printing, so far, we have printed prototype metal framing for our Business Premier cabin, to quickly test new concepts and ideas and we have also made novelty wine aerators”. Air New Zealand first entered the 3D printing market in 2016 and has now moved into items including improved small parts for IFE screens. [more – original PR]