Y Duct Part Merge


Job Specification

Our customer required urgent prints to replace scrap parts. The following assembly comprising of 2 halves which is vac formed individually and bonded together on assembly to the aircraft.

FDM Digital Y Duct 1 - Y Duct Part


  • FDM recommended merging the two halves together and printing as one.
  • This saved on replacement vac tooling costs (£5000 roughly) and assembly time saving and curing carried out on the aircraft (5 hours)
  • Parts where merged together using Catia V5, wall thicknesses optimised, flanges removed
FDM Digital Y Duct 2 - Y Duct Part

Overall Savings

  • £5000 replacement tooling costs per year
  • STV savings 5 hours per aircraft = approximately £30,000 in 2017