Increasing resource efficiency of aviation by innovative materials and bionic design for metal components made by additive manufacturing

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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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bavAIRia e.V. is Industry Partner of Aerospace 3D Printing Conference

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Bavaria is one of the top five aerospace locations worldwide that represent almost the entire aviation and aerospace value chain – from research to development and production to MRO and after sales services. Some 38,000 employees working for more than 550 companies generate a turnover of about 11 billion euro.

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Next generation Design Software for 3D Printed Aerospace Components

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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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Development of Magnesium Laser Powder Bed Fusion to manufacture light-weight components for Aerospace applications

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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 Innovation Trends in Aerospace

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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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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”