Techspace Aero invests in 3D printer for metal parts
"Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is one of the main areas of innovation that could ultimately result in a real industrial revolution," explains Olivier De Vriendt, Project Manager in the recently created Innovation Department at Techspace Aero. This explains why Techspace Aero has invested over €1 million in a machine able to manufacture parts made out of titanium.
Using a digital file, the machine manufactures a part in successive layers using Electron Beam Melting (EBM). EBM is a markedly different process from those currently used which involve machining parts by removing material from an unfinished product supplied by a foundry or forge.
There are a host of advantages to using additive manufacturing, including: reduced materials and mass, optimum combination of materials, ability to manufacture parts that cannot be machined, almost instant industrialization, manufacturing flexibility and reduced waste. . In order to demonstrate the feasibility of 3D printing, Techspace Aero recently used additive manufacturing to produce an oil pump casing and parts of stator vanes for aerospace engines as well as a cryogenic aerospace valve.