The FLCS Canopy Practice Aid is a hybrid training asset with an additively manufactured frame that supports a scrapped transparency. This practice aid replicates the conditions on the jet and allows the maintainers to practice before approaching the aircraft. The 3D printed frame is printed into 10 separate sections using Ultem 9085 material. The practice aid can be quickly assembled and fits onto the standard mil-spec canopy cart. The 10 sections of the practice aid can be printed in 1 month utilizing only one Fortus 900 machine which was one tenth of the time quoted for a standard steel frame. This additively manufactured frame can be paired with scrap transparencies to create the necessary practice aid for the units.
Today we have created a working prototype of the Canopy Practice Aid and are in the evaluation phase. The prototype has been deployed to Luke Air Force Base Egress Shop for testing and evaluation of time savings and reduction in rework. Upon completion of this trial period, we will receive recommendations and feedback from air force maintainers on design improvements.
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