APWorks, Additive Industries Advance to Series Production of Certified Parts
APWorks and Additive Industries are furthering their collaboration and pushing series production of certified parts and, according to the companies, the next phase of industrialization.
Edited by AM Staff
According to APWorks’ CTO Andreas Nick, team members headed by APWorks Chief Product Officer Jonathan Meyer will work with the Additive Industries Process & Application Development team, led by Dr. Mark Beard, global director for Process & Application Development, to push the qualification and certification of aerospace parts in nickel-based alloys such as Inconel 718.
APWorks’ CEO Joachim Zettler, says “we believe metal additive manufacturing will continue to evolve into a mature fabrication technology and prove to be able to compete with conventional processes like casting, machining and powder metallurgy. In the next years we expect this market to continuously and rapidly grow and especially in the aerospace industry, new airplanes and aero-engines will contain a substantial number of parts that are additively manufactured.”
Daan Kersten, CEO of Additive Industries, concludes: “We are proud to continue our journey from prototyping to series production with APWorks, our first customer and one of the frontrunners in our industry.”
Manufacturers in the aerospace industry buy expensive raw material with one common goal: to make it fly. To reduce its buy-to-fly ratio (the ratio of material inputs to final part output), this company turned to wire arc additive manufacturing to create near-net shape parts.
A research project conducted by Autodesk reduced the weight of an airplane seat frame using 3D-printed patterns and investment casting in magnesium.
3D printing is becoming more common in the aerospace tooling realm. Production tooling can be made quickly and on-demand, which helps the tooling industry keep pace with accelerating composite part design cycles and demand for faster overall part processing speeds.