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Etihad Engineering, a division of the Etihad Aviation Group dedicated to maintenance, repair and overhaul services, set up an additive manufacturing facility in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with German 3D printer manufacturers EOS and BigRep.

It’s the region’s first 3D printing lab with design and production approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency to produce aircraft parts using powder-bed fusion technology. The facility features two approved 3D printers in total, from EOS and BigRep respectively. Its primary system is the EOS P 396 SLS 3D printer, which got Airline MRO approval from EASA in October 2019. The second machine is the BigRep ONE, a large-scale FFF 3D printer. Using the 3D printers, Etihad Engineering hopes to make quicker repairs, more lightweight designs and customized parts tackling key challenges in aerial vehicle downtime.

Bernhard Randerath, VP design, engineering and innovation, Etihad Engineering, said: “The new facility is in line with Etihad Engineering’s position as a leading global player in aircraft engineering as well as a pioneer in innovation and technology.”