Composite materials are widely used in aerospace – they provide the best specific mechanical properties among other structural materials such as metals or alloys.
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But there are numerous issues that signinfcantly limit the applications and nullify the efficiency of composite structures. Among them are high cost, technological limitations, inspection and service issues, design complications and many others.
The presentation provides an overview about additive manufacturing journey in the Aeroengine Business, a new technology that is transforming the way that Engine Manufacturer run their businesses and holds the potential to change global industrial production across many adjacent sectors including aerospace, medical, energy and motor vehicles to name a few.
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The challenges for manufacturing AM components for critical aerospace applications are numerous, reducing the amount of innovation that can be applied to the industry. This presentation will describe the challenges that the MTC encountered during the EWIRA Clean Sky 2 project, which aimed to manufacture an aileron hinge bracket using electron beam powder bed fusion (EB-PBF) for a test flight. Challenges surrounding machine stability, sensitivity of the AM process and surface finishing of complex components will be discussed, with a view given on where the future state needs to focus.
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Laser Based Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) is an Additive Manufacturing (AM) process that offers great opportunities such as weight reduction and improved performance of metallic parts. These advantages are especially beneficial for aerospace applications. Several nickel superalloys are processed in LPBF for high-temperature applications.
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Additive Manufacturing allows for unconventional design, for weight savings, for functional integrations and efficient production for small lot sizes. To move from simple polymer parts such as brackets to highly functional structural metal components, the productivity of the LB-PBF can be increased while making it more robust with Laser Beam Shaping.
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Challenges, progress and future! In-process monitoring, or melt-pool monitoring data connects process behaviour with material properties and quality. Jointly with aerospace customers Additive Industries is developing, implementing and evaluating in-process monitoring solutions.
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The gap between the software and hardware capabilities in additive manufacturing poses an obstacle in taking full advantage of this disruptive manufacturing technology. We all know that 3D printed parts can reach unprecedented mechanical properties and heat efficiency, but now it is also possible to design these parts in a time efficient manner.
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by Alkaios Bournias Varotsis, Additive Manufacturing Consultant, Additivist
Aerospace was one of the first industries to embrace Additive Manufacturing. In recent years, we’ve seen companies adopt AM to both drive the design of new, high-efficiency components that are impossible to manufacture with other methods and to optimise the operational efficiencies of their MRO supply chains.
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by Josè Antonio Almenanara, CRP Technology
High performance composite materials has taken additive manufacturing technologies to new heights with the production of structural parts for the new generation of Unmanned Aerial System and Space mission.
The paper describes the application of reinforced composite materials developed for motorsport industry that are now finding inroads into uses in the construction of 3D-printed functional parts of UAVs and Space SmallSats.
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by Fedor Antonov, Anisoprint
Anisoprining is a new way of design and production things from composites with continuous fibers. Anisoprinted parts are stronger, lighter and cheaper than their counterparts from the other materials.
This approach to producing objects can significantly change the manufacturing process in many fields including aerospace.
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