Additive manufacturing and materials a prime focus for GKN Aerospace – SAE International

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Operation of the EBM machine to produce a solid metal part from powder.

GKN Aerospace recently announced two collaborative research projects related to the advancement of additive manufacturing (AM) within the aerospace industry. One is a three-year, GBP3.1m (about $4.74 million) program to develop titanium powder specifically formulated and blended for AM of aerospace components. The program, called TiPOW (Titanium Powder for net-shape component manufacture), will also develop the techniques and equipment to produce the powder consistently, in quantity, and at a lower price than today’s material.

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