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The Ludwig Bölkow Campus

3D printing facility for aerospace sector planned

MUNICH, GERMANY, April 7, 2016

An additive manufacturing (industrial 3D printing) facility with a focus on aerospace propulsion systems will be set up in Munich, Germany.

A declaration of intent was signed today, to found the international research and application centre at the Ludwig Bölkow Campus.

The signatories of the declaration of intent are made up of aerospace company Airbus Safran Launchers; engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines; EOS GmbH, the world’s leading company for technology and quality in the field of high-end AM solutions and a pioneer in the field of direct metal laser sintering (DMLS); Airbus Group Innovations; the Technical University of Munich with its Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management (iwb); the Fraunhofer Development Center for X-ray Technology (EZRT), a division of the Fraunhofer IIS; Airbus subsidiary APWorks; Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH (IABG); the Airbus Endowed Chair for Integrative Simulation and Engineering of Materials and Processes (ISEMP) of the University of Bremen; and the ESI Group, a pioneer and the world’s leading provider of virtual prototyping solutions.

The Aerospace Factory’s management committee will consist of one representative from each partner and will be chaired by aerospace company Airbus Safran Launchers.

Based on the Ludwig Bölkow Campus’s three-pillar model, Aerospace Factory Additive Manufacturing will also run research and development projects, work to train and safeguard the next generation of skilled workers, and have Airbus subsidiary APWorks as a founding partner from the very beginning.

The cooperation partners will not only work on research projects, but will also team up in a project centre with a ‘pilot factory’ on the Ludwig Bölkow Campus. This will also lead to investment in research and development.

The founding partners will cooperate along the entire value chain of component design, powder production, and the additive manufacturing process including process simulation and post-processing along with quality control of the process and components, working both collaboratively and as part of national and international partnerships.

In terms of materials science, the focus of the research on campus will be on the development of tailor-made materials for the 3D printing process. This will result in a holistic approach in industrial 3D printing for mission-critical propulsion components in the aerospace field. The priority here is to take the research results from the test environment and apply them in industrial production. – TradeArabia News Service

 

 

 

 




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