Airlines continue to seek every opportunity to reduce weight, differentiate their brands, minimize costs and enhance the customer flying experience. One avenue they are exploring is materials. They need versatile materials, along with creative design options.
At Aircraft Interiors Expo Seattle, which took place November 4-5, 2015, SABIC showed a number of materials helping aviation customers meet regulatory requirements and OEM standards, enhance safety and sustainability, optimize the passenger experience and use new manufacturing methods. These materials included a new sheet material to help customize aircraft interiors and a 3D printed economy class aircraft seat.
Aircraft interior designers are often restricted by the clarity and compliance limitations of the transparent materials currently available to them. SABIC offers a new material – JET PANEL sheet – which provides aircraft interior designers with the flexibility to use color, texture and even to embed natural materials such as plant fibers to create one-of-a-kind interior elements, such as dividers, partitions, service areas and oversize interior windows.
JET PANEL sheet is based on SABIC’s LEXAN XHR2000 sheet. It is customizable and fully transparent, and complies with FST regulations such as FAR25.853, BSS7239 and ABD0031, and OSU 65/65 heat release requirements, as well as OEM specifications.
A 3D printed economy class aircraft seat was made using filament made from SABIC’s ULTEM 9085 resin, known for being able to take the heat.
To inspire seating tiers to take a fresh look at seat design and fabrication, SABIC licensed the Studio Gavari design for a sleek and ergonomically advanced seat. Use of 3D printing enabled the rapid prototyping without the expense or time commitment of tooling, resulting in a seat with less than 15 components, compared to traditionally fabricated seats which can contain upwards of 150 separate parts. ULTEM 9085 resin is highly compatible with 3D printing and meets aircraft industry and OEM-specific heat release and flame, smoke and toxicity requirements.