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Emirates has announced that it has used 3D printing technology to manufacture components for its aircraft cabins. The airline has reached a milestone in innovation by using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), a new 3D printing technique to produce video monitor shrouds. One of the other recent achievements has been the 3D printing, certification and installation of aircraft cabin air vent grills for onboard trials.
Emirates has worked with 3D Systems, a US based 3D printing equipment  manufacturer and with UUDS, a European aviation Engineering and Certification Office and Services Provider based in France, to print the first batch of 3D printed video monitor shrouds using 3D Systems’ Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology platform.  This technology uses lasers to bind together powdered plastic into the required shape defined by a 3D model and is different from the Fusion Deposition Modelling (FDM) technique normally used for printing aircraft 3D parts. The material used to print Emirates’ Video Monitor Shrouds is a new thermoplastic developed by 3D Systems - Duraform ProX FR1200 - with flammability resistance properties and surface quality suitable for commercial aerospace.