Subscribe
AEROSPACEEUROPE

GKN Aerospace invests $63 Million in Additive Fabrication Technology

1 Mins read
GKN Aerospace to grow its Additive Fabrication Technology
GKN Aerospace to grow its Additive Fabrication Technology/Source: GKN Aerospace

GKN Aerospace, the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier, has strengthened its commitment to sustainable manufacturing by investing US $63 million (£50 million) in cutting-edge additive fabrication technology in Trollhättan, Sweden. The Swedish Energy Agency’s Industriklivet initiative will fund a portion of this investment, which will help to revolutionise production methods by reducing raw material usage by up to 80%.

The technology will be installed at GKN Aerospace’s Trollhättan facility in Sweden and will go into service later in 2024.

GKN Aerospace invests in Additive Fabrication Technology

Currently, aircraft engine components are made from large castings and forgings, with up to 80% of the material machined away before the final form is achieved. GKN Aerospace is able to reduce raw material waste, energy use, and shipping within production by utilising additive technology, which involves layer-by-layer construction using metal wire or powder fused together with lasers. This reduces emissions, costs, and lead time significantly.

For nearly two decades, GKN Aerospace has been at the forefront of additive fabrication technology, with significant research and technology centres in Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The new additive manufacturing centre in Sweden is expected to create around 150 new job opportunities for operators, technicians, and engineers at the Trollhättan facility, thanks to the support of Industriklivet.

“We are committed to driving sustainability in the aviation industry and pioneering improved solutions for our customers. Our development of additive fabrication for large, complex and load-bearing aircraft components is a great example of this and it marks a significant breakthrough for the industry.”

– Joakim Andersson, president of GKN Aerospace’s Engines business

Andersson added, “The benefits we see from this technology are truly game-changing. Government support has been pivotal in enabling us to push our capabilities forward and I am delighted to establish this unique technology in our world-leading facility in Trollhättan Sweden.”

Peter Engdahl, Head of Research, Innovation and Business Development at the Swedish Energy Agency said, “GKN Aerospace’s solution will be able to contribute to a reduced use of raw materials and create opportunities to fundamentally change the design, making the aircraft engine lighter and more efficient. This is the first time this technology is being tested for this component size and we see the potential for it to spread globally and also in other areas.”


About Manufactur3D Magazine: Manufactur3D is an online magazine on 3D Printing. Visit our Global News page for more updates on Global 3D Printing News. To stay up-to-date about the latest happenings in the 3D printing world, like us on Facebook or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter. Follow us on Google News.

252 posts

About author
Abhimanyu Chavan is the founder of Manufactur3D Magazine. He writes on Additive Manufacturing technology, interviews industry leaders, shares industry insights, and expresses his thoughts on the latest developments in the industry. You can follow him on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.
Articles
Related posts
EUROPE

3D Phoenix as Meltio’s official sales partner to boost growth in the Polish Metal Additive Manufacturing market

2 Mins read
Meltio has appointed 3D Phoenix as its official sales partner to drive growth in the Polish metal additive manufacturing market. 3D Phoenix will play
EUROPE

FIT AG Appointed as Meltio Service Bureau and a Key Contributor for Application Development

2 Mins read
Meltio announced that FIT AG, a German industrial Additive Manufacturing integrator, has been appointed as Meltio’s Service Bureau and a key
EUROPE

Additive Manufacturing UK Unveils First Annual Action Plan for UK's future growth in 3D Printing

1 Mins read
Additive Manufacturing UK has officially launched its inaugural Annual Action Plan in an ambitious move to steer the United Kingdom’s additive