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Airbus-MIT Team to Explore Aerospace Applications of Digital Manufacturing

Research to examine lighter structures for airplanes

Airbus and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have agreed to conduct a research on aerospace applications of digital manufacturing technology as Airbus seeks cheap methods to build aircraft.

Airbus and Neil Gershenfeld, director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, will work together to identify how to design an aircraft using the digital material technologies developed at MIT, EADS said Thursday.

The research aims to explore ways to assemble airplanes with lighter structures and lower costs.

“At Airbus, we invest heavily in projects, programs and partnerships to develop and offer step-change technologies and solutions that bring value, profitability and environmental benefits to our customers,” said Axel Krein, Airbus senior vice president of research and technology.

Airbus also intends to produce individual parts and airframe structures using three-dimensional digital printing.

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