Additive Manufacturing Innovation Trends in Aerospace

Alkaios Bournias Varotsis

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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Avio Aero 3Dprints parts for the Catalyst engine for the Cessna Denali

Up to ten GE Catalyst components will be produced in this area. The engine’s first flight is scheduled for the end of 2019. It is the first turboprop engine in the world with almost 30% of its internal metal parts 3D printed. In Brindisi, work has already begun on three of these ten additive components. This number will continue to grow as the number of GE Additive-Concept Laser machines DMLM (Direct Metal Laser Melting) does. Continue reading “Avio Aero 3Dprints parts for the Catalyst engine for the Cessna Denali”