The best, innovative, 3D design platforms, like 3IXAM, enable the creation of intricate and complex geometries that can be challenging or even impossible using traditional design methods. Delve into how 3D VR modeling softwares are transforming industries, specifically in aviation.
Emirates Airline Unveil an Innovation Majilis, as 3D Design Takes Off in Dubai
Recently unveiled by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, Emirates Group’s Innovation Majlis will drive solutions for the aviation industry.
Set to serve as a social space for existing and aspiring creators to design and co-create proofs of concept that will benefit customers, communities, and the aviation industry as a whole, the hub will prioritize exploring alternative energies as one of its key drivers.
About Emirates Airline
Since its establishment in 1985, Emirates has grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious airlines in the world, spearheading technological advancements in the aviation industry, whilst transforming Dubai into a major international transit hub.
A crucial pillar to Dubai’s economic success, Emirates continues to take the lead as Dubai steers the next innovative steps in the aviation industry. Emirates' approach to aviation, that anything that can be improved should be, propels its use of the latest technologies, constantly changing the aviation landscape on a global scale. Inspiring better delivery, better processes, better products, and better cost-value benefits, Emirates first began exploring 3D technology in 2014. Initially identifying interior cabin parts as their first testing grounds, Emirates introduced 3D plastic production, before going on to launch new and improved solutions for higher volume, high turnover complex components.
3D Designs Fit for Purpose
Keen to develop the aviation industry, with 3D design software Emirates made notable engineering improvements. Optimizing strength to weight ratio, which had not previously been possible by injection molding design, the video monitor shroud, a key aircraft component, was redesigned using 3D design software, significantly reducing the parts weight.
Furthermore, 3D design software allowed manufacturers to simulate and test the product in different conditions and scenarios, helping to identify potential issues and make necessary adjustments before production. This potentially reduces costly design errors and ensures that the final product meets quality standards, Emirates priority always being safety.
3D Scan System Efficiency
3D design has revolutionized the industry processes, dramatically improving the manufacturing timelines to ultimately accelerate the rate of product development and innovation. Emirate’s scan-based design workflow improved both design accuracy and overall production efficiency, adding agility to Emirate’s processes. 3D design enables lighter components to be manufactured faster, with the ability to simultaneously produce multiple parts through printer nesting algorithms. Through toolpath optimization for additive manufacturing, 3D design software can enhance toolpaths to reduce support material usage, minimizing print time, whilst optimizing layer orientations for improved strength and surface finish.
Also massively reducing the overall production costs, the potential and cost advantages of 3D design and printing are enormous, cutting the supply chain down into a software file that is kept in a virtual warehouse, transforming large storage warehouses into file names, further reducing inventory costs as well.
Collaboration and Just in Time Implementation
3IXAM facilitates collaboration amongst designers, engineers, and other stakeholders regardless of their physical location. With the ability to share and review designs remotely significantly improves communication between project teams, allowing for more customized and tailored products to be brought to life efficiently, pushing new boundaries for design.
3D design also supports agile manufacturing processes, where changes can be made quickly at the last minute. This also allows manufacturers to respond rapidly to market demands, reducing inventory costs through smaller batch production, as well as the ease of responding from anywhere at any time. 3IXAM not only allows multiple team members to work on a project together from anywhere around the world, but to quickly switch from desktop to iPad for ultimate mobility, enhancing the busy user’s experience.
Continuing Innovation in Aviation with 3D Design Technology
3D design allows aviation design experts at Emirates to shape their vision and bring it into reality, rapidly evolving the international aviation landscape. In Emirate’s latest inspiration to innovate, the Innovation Majlis will empower young people and students, bringing together the next generation of aviation entrepreneurs and designers, current industry leaders, universities, and partners to discover solutions, explore new horizons, and drive the future of aviation.