America’s Cabin Management Systems selects Markforged’s 3D printers
August 25, 2021 - United States Of America
Markforged, a leading creator of the integrated metal and carbon fibre additive manufacturing platform, The Digital Forge, has announced that Cabin Management Solutions (CMS), a privately held in-flight cabin management and entertainment systems company headquartered in the US, is utilizing two Markforged X7 industrial carbon fibre 3D printers.
CMS will use the Markforged printers to print high-quality, end-use parts for cabin management maintenance, upgrades, and replacements for luxury aircraft. CMS works frequently with aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) companies and individual aircraft owners to design and develop cabin control and entertainment systems for luxury, private, and business jets. CMS uses Onyx FR to fabricate custom parts that are high-strength, low-weight, flame-retardant, and FAA compliant. The X7 printers have improved the quality and speed of parts production, enabling CMS to complete a higher volume of jobs more quickly and earning it a reputation for fast time to market, high-quality deliverables, and rigorous testing and certification process, Markforged said in a press release.
On one aircraft in particular, the CMS team printed at least 100 different parts, including approximately 20 light switch panels, a cabin climate controller, latches, release buttons, USB-C and drop-in USB-A chargers, and adjustable touch screen brackets, all using the X7 printer. In order to meet the specific demands of its luxury-oriented customers, the CMS team then adds an extra level of customization via overlays that mimic upscale cabin surfaces including gold metal electroplating, wood veneer, and more. CMS’s process ensures that the end product is FAA compliant while going above and beyond customers’ expectations for aesthetics.
Moving forward, CMS plans to continue leveraging Markforged’s additive solutions, especially with Markforged’s recent release of Onyx FR-A and Carbon Fibre FR-A-aerospace-ready versions of its Onyx FR and Carbon Fibre FR materials. These two new materials come with full material traceability and are undergoing qualification on the Markforged X7 printer via a program conducted by the National Centre for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP), one of two bodies authorised by the FAA to qualify materials for flight. Once this process is complete, CMS will be able to increase its overall production speed, which will result in adding even more jobs to its already expanding pipeline.
“In the aerospace industry, quality and on-the-fly adaptability are crucial to success. We often must produce low-volume, high-value parts from scratch which can be time- and labour-intensive. Markforged’s X7 allows us to do this quickly and more efficiently, while ensuring functionality and retaining the upscale aesthetics expected in luxury aircrafts,” Jeff Pike, VP of engineering at CMS said in a statement.
“CMS has incorporated Markforged technology into their business in a way that enables them to maintain their reputation for high-quality and give themselves competitive advantage. Our technology is not only about printing parts faster and at the point of need, but also giving aerospace manufacturers the confidence that their parts meet the regulatory and functional requirements of their industry,” Markforged president and CEO Shai Terem said.