Additive Manufacturing in Avio Aero

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.

Firstly, GE unique position on additive will be introduced with some highlights on the GE Aviation vision about opportunities including a brief description on the Technology History within the company.
Finally, more technical details will be provided about LPT TiAl printed blades on series production.

A presentation by Paolo Calza, manager Additive Design and Technologies Sub-section in the Advanced Technology Organization, Avio Aero.


Question 1: What drives you?
Technical challenge, work with talented and passionate people on strategic industrial topics.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
To see how the Jet-Engines business is moving related to Metal Additive Manufacturing technologies and understand potential impact on adjacent sectors.

Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Metal additive manufacturing technologies can change the way we run the business since it is openig new possibilities in a more sustainable way.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Improved Engines performance with higher sustainability. Higher product differentiation with respect the competitors.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Cultural, New skills & Competences needed and a Proper Ecosystem.

About Paolo Calza
Paolo Calza is the manager of the Additive Design and Technologies Sub-section in the Advanced Technology Organization of Avio Aero. Team mission is to provide support and leadership for the Additive technology proper usage and spreading. Specifically, main activities are linked to:

  • Operate the Turin Additive Laboratory (GE Aviation European Qualified Lean Lab)
  • Lead the MRL maturation & Industrialization process for the requested Additive Manufacturing Parts
  • Explore additive design opportunities to improve product CTQs
  • Lead NTI activities linked to the requested Additive technologies enhancements

Paolo attained a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Padua in 2003 and achieved there his PhD in Aeroelasticity in Turbomachinery in 2005. During the last year of his PhD, he spent eight months at the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for Vibration (VUTC) of the Imperial College of London.
He joined the Turbine Module Department of Avio Aero in 2006 being involved in several development programs. He was responsible for several European (including FUTURE and DREAM) and National technology programs (MIUR, G2020, …). From 2008 to 2013 he was also involved as LPT technical leader in the SAGE2 platform of CLEAN-SKY.
From May 2013 to July 2018 he led the System Design Technologies sub-section dealing with coordination of several technology maturation programs, field investigations and new program introduction for the dynamics and aeromechanics technical areas. In this role he also managed lots of initiatives and research labs with several University and Research centers.
He is member of several design boards and committees within the GE corporate. He also participated as evaluator of several projects replying Clean Sky platform call for proposal.

About Avio Aero
Avio Aero is a GE Aviation business that designs, manufactures and maintains propulsion systems for civil and military aviation. It is the center of excellence for the entire General Electric group in the field of mechanical transmissions and low-pressure turbines. It employs more than 5,200 people at its headquarters at Rivalta di Torino, where its largest production plant is also located, and at its other major plants in Brindisi and Pomigliano d’Arco (Naples). Abroad, it has plants and a test center in Poland and Czech Republic.

Founded in 1908, the company has overcome many technological challenges in over a century of history. Continuous investments in research and development and an established network of relationships with leading universities and international research centers have enabled Avio Aero to develop technological and manufacturing excellence recognized across the globe: an achievement borne out by a range of collaborative partnerships with key operators in the global aviation industry

Paolo Calza will be speaking at the 2021 edition of the Aerospace 3D Printing Conference.

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