GE Additive opened its first international Customer Experience Center in Munich. The new facility, co-located with GE’s European Technology Center, allows customers to experience every aspect of the additive-manufacturing (AM) process from design to prototyping to operations. Customers benefit from hands-on training and instruction at the facility, covering additive design, machine operations and support. The company’s first U.S.-based Customer Experience Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., opened in April 2016.
Oerlikon and LENA Space agreed to a partnership to develop optimized metal additively manufactured components for propulsion systems. These systems are used in small vehicles to launch payloads in low-earth orbit. The collaboration combines LENA’s experience in high-performance, low-cost launch propulsion technology with Oerlikon’s end-to-end value proposition in additive manufacturing (AM) to drive wider adoption of AM in the space industry.
GE and Concept Laser broke ground on a new facility in Lichtenfels, Germany, that will unite additive-manufacturing (AM) research and development along with production, service and logistics. The 3D Campus, which should be ready by early 2019 and provide room for about 500 employees, will create a center for 3D metal printing. The facility will quadruple machine production capacity, making the site a global GE center for the production of 3D metal printing machines.
Arconic announced a multi-year cooperative research agreement with Airbus to advance metal 3D printing for aircraft manufacturing. The companies will develop customized processes and parameters to produce and qualify large, structural 3D-printed components, such as pylon spars and rib structures, up to approximately 3 feet in length. The deal combines Arconic’s expertise in metal additive manufacturing and metallurgy with Airbus’ design and qualification capabilities.
Additive Industries and SMS group agreed to develop and jointly market a production system for additive manufacturing (AM) on an industrial scale. The companies bring expertise in both core AM technologies: the manufacture of metal powder and 3D printing. The production concept will not just encompass powder manufacturing and 3D printing but other stages as well, right up to delivery of the finished component. The first sign of this collaboration will be the Democenter, which is to be set up at SMS’s facility in Mönchengladbach, Germany, in the next few months.
Praxair will offer a limited number of in-kind grants to select North American universities through its surface technologies business. The grant recipients will receive material and engineering assistance to support metal additive-manufacturing courses and projects from Praxair Surface Technologies (PST).
Solar Atmospheres successfully processed the first FAA-certified structural additive-manufactured Ti-6Al-4V parts, which were produced by Norsk Titanium and destined for installation on a Boeing airplane. The vacuum stress relief was compliant with AMS 2801 and other OEM specifications. Solar Atmospheres processed the initial production components in March.
Norsk Titanium held a dedication ceremony at its Plattsburgh Development and Qualification Center (PDQC) in Plattsburgh, N.Y. The facility, which currently houses nine of Norsk’s proprietary rapid plasma deposition (RPD) titanium printing machines, will produce aerospace components for Boeing and other aerospace companies. The RPD process uses titanium wire with plasma torches to print titanium structural components on an industrial scale.
GKN plc signed a memorandum of understanding with GE Additive, Concept Laser and Arcam AB to collaborate on additive manufacturing (AM). Under the agreement, GKN becomes a GE Additive development and production center and preferred powder supplier, while GE and its affiliated companies will supply additive machines and services to GKN.