Making aircraft safer, lighter and more efficient
The Aerospace industry requires quality, traceability, affordability, reliability, and to optimize weight and performance. AM can deliver on all those metrics in a cost competitive framework.
The challenge of weight reduction
Weight optimized shapes are prohibitively expensive or impossible to create using conventional techniques.
With AM, form follows function, because it enables weight optimized designs with balanced stress distributions to increase fuel efficiency and enhance performance.
The challenge of increasing efficiency
New engine concepts to increase fuel efficiency with higher combustion temperatures improve efficiency but require components with complex geometry such as cooling channels. High temperature Ni-based and similar alloys are difficult to machine, AM removes many of these manufacturing hurdles.
AM can provide components that deliver on cost, complexity and performance targets. AM can also have a significant impact on aero engines by integrating components to reduce part count and mass for compressor vanes, diffusers, acoustic attenuation devices, heat exchangers, and more. From brackets to instrument housings in helicopters, and from fuselage structures to battery compartments in UAVs, AM is the solution in a variety of rotorcraft and defense applications.