Over the years, the aerospace industry has leveraged additive manufacturing to alleviate supply chain constraints, limit warehouse space, and reduce wasted materials from traditional manufacturing processes such as casting. The ability to rapidly produce parts as well as improve consistency of production has made this technology a major consideration alternative.
AERONAMIC’s most important customers are making huge leaps in the development of processes and products for Additive Manufacturing. This technology is on the verge of a major breakthrough and many customers are working on their supply chain strategies. For example, the question is asked: are we moving away from the existing supply chain and are we going to use (internal) 3D printing services in which the cooperation with all suppliers of post-processing processes must be properly managed, or are we continuing to use the existing, qualified suppliers in the aviation industry with AM competences? The latter option is clearly the preferred option and gives companies new business opportunities. However, this is only feasible when AERONOMIC develops AM skills itself and integrates them into the current existing production processes.
AERONAMIC ’s choice of Fraunhofer Project Center (now known as the Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for Advanced Manufacturing) at the University of Twente as a technology partner in the project, with the aim to have access to the Fraunhofer network of knowledge in the development of processes in AM.
The Fraunhofer Project Center was engaged to further develop the process for product optimisation to gain cost efficiencies without compromising quality.