Take to the skies with metal additive solutions

Additive manufacturing is disrupting the aerospace industry and accelerating the way parts are designed and manufactured. AM out-rivals traditional manufacturing because it allows production of lighter, more-durable and more-efficient designs for the aerospace industry.

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Now is the time to leave molds and dies in the dust. To pave your path to full metal additive production—faster. Or risk falling behind. Leaders in aerospace are already realizing their competitive advantage with metal additive. As your trusted partner with more than 10 years in metal additive industrialization, we’ll help you realize your additive advantage and get to full production faster.

Download our playbook Planning a Successful Transition to Serial Additive Production in which we share some lessons learned on our own additive journey to help others as they take steps to shift to industrialization.

AM benefits for aerospace

Improved part performance
Leverage GE’s technical design and material parameters expertise and design for part performance, rather than for the manufacturing process. It has been shown that additive components and systems can outperform their traditional predecessors with respect to material properties and performance-oriented designs that are less restricted by manufacturing constraints.

Simplified supply chains
Produce low-volume replacement parts in-house, streamlining the supply chain and reducing the time it takes to acquire spare parts for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).

Return on investment
Uncover all the opportunities for ROI that go beyond part cost and consolidation.

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Achieving qualification

Scaling additive production requires qualification. In regulated industries, such as orthopedics and aerospace, rigor is even more important. Our additive experts have experience qualifying hardware in highly regulated markets and can help you reduce the learning curve so you can get your product to market faster. In the end, you will qualify the machine, the material, and the process. We follow industry-wide processes to establish robust and repeatable production outcomes.

Installation Qualification (IQ)
The purpose of the IQ protocol is to provide documented evidence that the machine is installed according to documented and pre-approved specifications.

Operational Qualification (OQ)
The purpose of OQ is to demonstrate that a system operates according to written pre-approved specifications throughout a specified operating range.

Performance Qualification (PQ)
The purpose of PQ is to demonstrate that the additive process, under anticipated manufacturing conditions, consistently produces product(s) that meet all engineering requirements.

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AddWorks Engineering Support

Wherever you are on the path to metal additive production, our team can help get you there faster. Leverage the knowledge and expertise of GE Additive's AddWorks team and shorten your learning curve with the adoption of additive technology. Our team offers workshops, application sprints and engineering and consulting services to fast-track your path to production.

AddWorks design support

Powders for Aerospace

We’ve carefully developed our powders to seamlessly fit into the entire GE Additive ecosystem and provide total compatibility with our machines. We provide metal powder, process settings and support for these materials ideal for the aerospace industry:

  • Stainless Steels
  • Maraging Steel 
  • Aluminums
  • Nickel Alloys
  • Titanium 
  • Cobalt Chrome
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 Take to the skies with proven metal additive solutions.

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Tomas Kellner
19 September 2019