3ders.org - SAP and APWorks to accelerate on-demand industrial 3D printing for aerospace industry | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News: "German software solutions corporation SAP SE has certainly been making a name for itself within the 3D printing industry, having recently partnered with UPS to establish a U.S. wide on-demand 3D printing network. Now, in the wake of their partnership with UPS, SAP has just announced it has signed a co-innovation agreement with APWorks, a subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space GmbH which just months ago unveiled its stunning 3D printed Light Rider motorcycle. Both companies will work together to accelerate and promote the adoption and standardization of industrial 3D printing within the aerospace and defense sectors.
As part of the co-innovation agreement, which was announced at the ongoing Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, England, APWorks will capitalize on SAP’s 3D printing services network in order to develop and run a bionics network that will help to connect 3D printing experts and end users. According to a press release, SAP’s 3D printing services will “allow APWorks to manufacture 3D printed components such as armrests and brackets, improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.” Through the partnership, the aerospace company will also be better equipped to handle spare part orders in a timely manner and to deliver industry-grade products for various safety-critical purposes."