RedEye On Demand, a rapid prototyping and direct digital manufacturing service, and business unit of Stratasys, Inc. has earned AS9100C certification. Achieving this international standard in the aviation, space and defense industries signifies that the company meets the quality management standards required to provide production parts made using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing technology for aerospace manufacturers.
The AS9100C standard ensures that dedicated processes are set aside for the way in which manufacturers handle production parts. Interior parts made at RedEye using the FDM process then go to the aircraft manufacturer and are applied to end use in commercial, hobby and military applications. According to Garrity, the key to this growing interest in applying FDM technology in aerospace is it enables the manufacturing of lighter aircraft, which has tremendous impact on fuel costs.
AS9100C fully incorporates the requirements of the ISO 9001:2008 certification, which RedEye On Demand received in February 2011, while adding nearly 100 additional requirements specific to quality and safety for aerospace manufacturing. The rigorous audit process included a full on-site audit by a third-party accredited registrar to ensure that working practices observe the procedures and stated objectives and that appropriate records are kept. Additional surveillance visits will be conducted in the future to ensure that the certification remains valid.
In line with the company’s commitment to serving the aerospace industry, RedEye On Demand offers ULTEM 9085 FDM material for aircraft interiors, military components and other applications requiring a strong, lightweight thermoplastic with high heat and fire retardant properties. Certified for use on commercial aircrafts, ULTEM 9085 is flame, smoke and toxicity certified to UL-94V0 and FAA 25.853 standards.
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