Additive Manufacturing (AM) for Aerospace

The Additive Manufacturing Advantage

Additive manufacturing offers almost unrivalled design freedom for aerospace engineers. It shortens design time and increases efficiencies across the supply chain. Lightweight components with complex geometries and tight tolerances can be produced quickly and cost effectively.

Concept Visualisation

• Accelerate your product design phase. Scaled and real, tangible digital image visualisation

• Design for performance without traditional limitations

• Customise endlessly and validate for engineering

Prototyping

• Shorten production times for revolutionary ideas and enhance quality with rapid validation prototyping and testing

• Accelerate early stages of development with quick and inexpensive functionality testing

• Customise options based on OEM needs and enable brand differentiation

Production and LV Manufacturing

• Customise batches with minimal loss from design changes

• Deliver extreme precision and unfailing endurance from design freedom

• Increase efficiencies and reduce costs with rapid, precise tooling options for vac casting, injection moulding and silicone moulding

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SLA in the Aerospace Sector

Concept Visualisation

Large print areas enable aerospace design engineers to produce high detail, robust, superbly finished, finely detailed concept models for aerodynamic testing.

Validation Prototyping

From landing gear casing to seating; from consoles to panelling. SLA offers the bed size, water resistance, transparency where required, and fine detailing for large and small components.

Pre-production

SLA is the perfect solution to low cost tooling production, especially when low numbers of finely detailed parts are required.

Applications

Aesthetic prototypes such as consoles, lenses, grips, jigs and fixtures, tooling, panels, and low end production runs for interior build-outs.

SLS in the Aerospace Sector

Validation Prototyping

Creating surrogate parts to check form and fit, particularly for applications requiring high temperatures and high levels of strength and durability. SLS enables the engineer to design parts with variable wall thicknesses to increase strength to weight ratios.

Pre-production

SLS can help with low cost tooling production, especially when low numbers of finely detailed parts are required. SLS is also ideal for the creation of jigs and fixtures for pre-production parts.

Applications

Prototyping for heat resistant functional parts; ducting and bellows; complex interlocking parts in very low volumes.

FFF in the Aerospace Sector

Validation Prototyping

Check form and fit for cockpit applications requiring high levels of strength and durability.

Production

FFF, reinforced with Kevlar, carbon or Fiberglass, produces strong, lightweight, end-use parts with considerable costs and time savings.

Applications

Fixtures, cradles, and prototypes, which need to be stiff and strong, and durable; one-off functional parts such as electronics housings, paddles and handles.

DLS in the Aerospace Sector

Cut production costs with parts on demand

We know that if you are to win that race to market, you also need to be able to create high-strength production parts in a tight time frame. Or, you’ll need to flex your supply chain with end-use parts on demand. They’ll comprise complex geometries yet need to be tough enough to endure the rigors of flight.

We can help you deliver on value and on economies of scale. Our revolutionary additive manufacturing technology, Digital Light Synthesis™ opens up exciting production and customisation opportunities. It produces parts with all the qualities of injection moulded plastics without the tooling costs. It offers an array of specially formulated materials, from rigid, fire-resistant polyurethanes to ultra-impact absorbent elastomers.

Production

Print end-use parts with consistent isotropic and mechanical properties. Multiple parts provide scale economics, including customized functional knobs, electrical casing.

Applications

Air and fluid routing, electronics housing, speaker grills, surface textures, dashboard trim, impact absorption areas (seats and paneling), dampers, brackets and mounts, buttons, badges and trim; customized functional knobs, bezels and clips.