GKN Aerospace, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Partner on AM R&D

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The agreement will focus on laser metal deposition with wire and electron beam melting.


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GKN Aerospace and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have signed a five-year research agreement focused on additive manufacturing. Utilizing the DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL, this $17.8 million cooperative research and development agreement will advance promising additive manufacturing processes, supporting progress towards their use in the manufacture of major, structural components for aircraft.
The first focus of the agreement will be to develop a process called laser metal deposition with wire with the goal of creating a prototype machine that will manufacture complex medium- and large-scale aircraft structures in titanium. The second focus will be on electron beam melting, which can produce precise, complex small- to medium-sized components. The partnership will support work already in progress, aiming to make this process ready for introduction into full-scale, high-volume aerospace production.


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