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GKN Aerospace installs RenAM 500Q steel 3D printer at International Expertise Centre in UK

Renishaw has put in a RenAM 500Q Flex additive manufacturing (AM) system at aerospace producer GKN Aerospace’s state-of-the-art International Expertise Centre in Bristol, which was introduced in 2018.

The machine will present beneficial suggestions on the way to optimise additive manufacturing for aerospace purposes.

Renishaw first started working with GKN Aerospace in 2014 as a part of the Horizon mission, funded by the Aerospace Expertise Institute (ATI), that aimed to develop additive manufacturing strategies into viable manufacturing processes for aerospace components and elements.

Because the two firms first collaborated, GKN Aerospace has developed its understanding of AM and makes use of the method throughout all enterprise streams, creating elements for aero-engines, civil aero-structures and practical techniques.

After seeing the advantages of AM, resembling half consolidation, shorter manufacturing worth chain time and a discount in defects, GKN Aerospace and Renishaw mentioned how the brand new Flex platform would profit the producer, with new options resembling the flexibility to shortly change supplies and do a powder rely extra simply than on a recirculating system.

“We needed to seek out a sophisticated AM system to assist us to develop a extremely steady, extremely repeatable and extremely measurable manufacturing course of that leads to zero defects,” mentioned Bradley Hughes, Senior Analysis Engineer at GKN Aerospace.

Speaking about the advantages of the RenAM 500Q, Hughes added: “The in-process monitoring capabilities, for instance, allow us to watch efficiency metrics which are important for the aerospace business. The system can be designed to allow materials modifications, one thing that’s usually a fancy course of when working with AM techniques, so it permits us to be extra environment friendly when engaged on merchandise utilizing totally different supplies.”

Bryan Austin, Director of Gross sales in Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing Group, mentioned: “Collaborating with GKN Aerospace not solely permits us to grasp how the aerospace business can profit from the Flex platform, however we will additionally higher perceive the longer term necessities of the aerospace sector in additive manufacturing.”

Hughes continued: “Renishaw has been carefully concerned in the complete technique of commissioning the RenAM 500Q Flex, providing help with set up, coaching and resolving any preliminary points when studying to function the machine.”

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