MAYA, a Horizon 2020 project for the manufacturing of lining panel using hybrid technologies: additive manufacturing, injection moulding and thermoforming
A new Horizon 2020 project financed by the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking called MAYA, started in March. It will develop innovative manufacturing routes integrating standard thermoplastic processes and additive manufacturing to realize lining panels of fuselage to reduce weight, optimize costs and enhance the part performances. The Kick-off meeting took place today in Ehigner, Germany.
Terrassa, 13 March 2019 – Clean Sky 2 is financing a new project, MAYA, in the frame of Horizon 2020. The project is coordinated by the technological center Leitat, and their partners are Alpex, a chemical company specialized in composites, AMADE (Analysis and Materials for the Structural Design), from the University of Girona, and IPC (Innovation Plasturgie Composites).
The main objective of MAYA is to develop innovative manufacturing routes integrating standard thermoplastic processes (injection moulding and thermoforming) and additive manufacturing to realize lining panels of fuselage to reduce weight, optimize costs and enhance the part performances. Those panels are structural components of the fuselage and are usually produced using fiber-glass reinforced sheet with epoxy resin with low productivity due to the thermoset curing necessary for the epoxy resin. These panels present an unbalanced Life Cycle Analysis, and substitution materials and processes are welcome. Composite thermoplastic materials provide an interesting alternative to thermoset composite materials. They are thus adequate candidates against the current issues of relief and sustainable development especially in the field of transportation, energy and construction. In this way they fit within the objectives of Eco-Design Integrated Technology Demonstrator of Clean Sky 2.
According to Pere Badalló, technical project coordinator of Leitat, “MAYA will analyze the optimum combination of technologies of injection of polymers and additive manufacturing (3D printing) to find the most appropriate and economic solution to generate new systems of anchorage of the internal panels of the airplanes. “
Pere Badalló i Cañellas, PhD
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This project has received funding from the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 831989. This publication reflects only the author’s views and the European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.