Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace
Additive manufacturing (AM) 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.
Additive Manufacturing benefits for the Aerospace industry
Lower costs and simplified supply chains
AM allows you to consolidate parts, which may reduce your supply sources and logistical costs.
Improved product performance
It has been shown that additive components and systems can outperform their traditional predecessors due to material and geometry flexibility.
Faster time to market
High flexibility during development can significantly reduce time to market.
Faster cycle time
Tooling elimination and manufacturing simplification can reduce cycle time up to 10x.
Additive allows distributed manufacturing and on-demand product solutions.
Additive Manufacturing: Machine solutions the Aerospace industry
The LEAP fuel nozzle
Decades ago, it would have been unimaginable to envision the significant impact AM would have in the aerospace industry. At GE, our realization came from the ability to produce more complex internal designs that are lighter, fewer parts and are more durable.
Our journey started at GE Aviation with one part—the LEAP fuel nozzle. When developing the LEAP jet engine, a team of engineers set out to drastically improve the efficiency of the engine; the fuel nozzle played a significant role in this process. Due to the intricate features and complicated geometries of the fuel nozzle, the engineers chose to harness the strength of AM in order to complete this goal. The engineers set out to make this a technology demonstrator, and in 2012, the first LEAP 3D fuel nozzle was produced through additive manufacturing. Today, the LEAP fuel nozzle powers planes that carry millions of passengers around the world.
AP&C powders are ideal for additive technology
AP&C’s unique Advanced Plasma Atomization - APA™ produces highly spherical metal powder designed for excellent flowability and low porosity. AP&C is the leader in the production of Titanium and Nickel alloys. The high quality of AP&C's APA powders allows for more precise printing and batch-to-batch consistency.
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