May 20, 2017

New 3D Printed Airplane Seats Could Make Huge Savings

Autodesk researcher Andreas Bastian used advanced generative design to make a new type of lightweight airplane seat that could make huge savings on fuel and money if applied in future aircraft.
Due to complex geometry, the seat was made on Cronus 3D printer with 5 printheads and then cast in metal.

Project description:
The structure was 56% lighter than the conventional aluminum seats. With 30% calculated to be purely down to the generative design.
Autodesk believes these weight savings could rapidly reduce fuel emissions and thus drastically save costs. Calculating the projected cost savings, the team evaluated the weight savings into fuel savings.
By doing so, the project cites an estimate of $200 million USD in possible reductions over the lifetime of a fleet of 100 aircraft. Additionally, the team calculates fuel emission savings that could compare to removing 80,000 cars off the road for a year.