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Breakthrough in Aircraft Painting Technology


Dutch robot manufacturer XYREC has successfully demonstrated a breakthrough in aircraft painting technology by printing a large digital image on an Airbus A320 fuselage. This new and unique solution for decorating aircraft uses inkjet technology for digital printing and ink instead of paint. The printer will be implemented in XYREC’s Automated Paint Robot for aircraft, which will be the largest robot in the world. The robot is capable of handling an entire airplane, which up until now has not been possible.

XYREC developed this technology in cooperation
with Southwest Research Institute, Airbus and Marabu.

The development of this revolutionary printer addresses a growing demand from airline operators to paint more intricate designs on their aircraft. The technology consists of an automated process that enables operators to decorate the full body of an aircraft in every design and all colors fast and efficiently in a fixed amount of time. The new technology means airlines can be much more creative, because current painting techniques make use of manual masking and spray guns, and result in complicated and lengthy processes.