Standard processes for the additive manufacturing and 3D printing of titanium aerospace parts to be created by Boeing and Oerlikon. The research will focus on industrializing titanium powder bed fusion additive manufacturing processes.
Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, and Oerlikon, a leading technology and engineering group, signed a five-year collaboration agreement to develop standard materials and processes for metal additive manufacturing processes. Additive manufacturing (AM), is a controlled process with growing importance in the aerospace industry, in which material is joined or solidified to create a three-dimensional part.
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“This agreement is an important step toward fully unlocking the value of powder bed titanium additive manufacturing for the aerospace industry. Boeing and Oerlikon will work together to standardize additive manufacturing operations from powder management to finished product and thus enable the development of a wide range of safe, reliable and cost-effective structural titanium aerospace components.”
Leo Christodoulou, Boeing Chief Technologist.
Boeing and Oerlikon will use the data from this collaboration to support the qualification of additive manufacturing suppliers to produce metallic components using a variety of machines and materials. The research will initially focus on industrializing titanium powder bed fusion additive manufacturing and ensuring parts made with this process meet the flight requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Defence.
“This program will drive the faster adoption of additive manufacturing in the rapidly growing aerospace, space and defence markets. Working together with Boeing will define the path in producing airworthy additive manufacturing components for serial manufacturing. We see collaboration as a key enabler to unlocking the value that additive manufacturing can bring to aircraft platforms and look forward to partnering with Boeing.”
Dr. Roland Fischer, CEO Oerlikon Group
The strong collaboration between Boeing and Oerlikon will enable the companies to meet the current challenges to qualify materials and processes for aerospace and provide a route for the adoption of additive manufacturing with a qualified supply chain that achieves quality and cost targets.
Boeing has been a leader in researching and implementing additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry since 1997, with over 50,000 3D-printed parts flying on commercial, space and defence programs.
In 2017, Boeing became the first aerospace manufacturer to design and install a Federal Aviation Administration-qualified 3D-printed structural titanium part on a commercial airplane, the 787 Dreamliner. With the creation of the Boeing Additive Manufacturing organization in 2017, Boeing is focused on using additive manufacturing to generate value for customers by enabling greater affordability, quality, customization and speed-to-market innovation. Find more information about Boing Additive Manufacturing organization.
Oerlikon is a leading service provider in additive manufacturing, offering a full-range of integrated additive manufacturing services along the entire value chain – from metal powder production to component design, manufacturing, post-processing and quality inspection.
Backed by the key ability to intelligently engineer and process surface solutions and advanced materials, the Group is committed to invest in value-bringing technologies that provide customers with lighter, more durable, more efficient and environmentally sustainable products. A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon operates its business in three Segments (Surface Solutions, Manmade Fibers and Drive Systems) with a global footprint of over 13 500 employees at more than 180 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2.3 billion in 2016. Find more information at Oerlikon’s website.
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Oerlikon and Boeing to Create Standard Processes for 3D-Printed Structural Titanium Aerospace Parts
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