Duncan Aviation recently delivered two aircraft with interior elements that were created with hydrographic printing. The Gulfstream 150 and Challenger 300 are the first aircraft to receive countertops that were created with this technology, a new finish option recently implemented by the company's interior experts.
Completions and modifications sales rep Jeff Beaudette says: “Both customers are ecstatic with their new countertops. The solution provides new finish options for countertops and sinks without weight changes or certification concerns. Going forward, we will be using hydrographics on other applications such as dividers, monuments and card table inserts.”
These three dimensional printing solutions can be used on interior components, panels, accents and even full cabinets, depending on their size. The capabilities open up a variety of aesthetic options for interior finishes without changing cabinet veneer, and designs can include wood grain, stone and metals, as well as custom designs. Some options allow shorter downtime than traditional methods and are excellent alternatives to traditional re-veneer or strip and refinish.
Sales manager Nate Klenke adds: “Experimenting with and introducing interior finishes in new and creative ways is critical in providing relevant and interesting interior designs. Hydrographics create the ability to replicate a variety of textures and designs in an aircraft interior while providing a lightweight, durable finish at an incredible value compared to genuine materials like leather, stone or wood veneer. Often the genuine products will create challenges due to their thickness and lack of flexibility, which adds to the complexities of construction and application phases of the refurbishment. Hydrographics nearly eliminate the need for special edge treatments and will cover the most complex shapes.”