Premium Aerotec has recently declared that it is starting the series production of 3D-printed metal parts for the Airbus Group at its Varel site (Friesland). The Airbus subsidiary constructed a new production hall for the additive manufacturing of titanium parts in Varel. The company has also recently concluded a cooperation agreement with Concept Laser as premium supplier for the machinery and plant technology.
With its investment, Premium Aerotec is following the plans of Airbus. According to Peter Sander (Airbus, Head of Emerging Technologies & Concepts), Airbus is planning to print one tonne of metal powder a month in 2018. Accordingly, AM production and AM processes should be consistently promoted and expanded through to 2018.
“By the middle of 2016, another X line 2000R will be added. It features what is currently the world’s largest build envelope (800 x 400 x 500 mm3) in the field of powder-bed-based laser melting and is also equipped with 2 x 1,000 W lasers,” says Gerd Weber, site manager in Varel.
Premium Aerotec signed a cooperation agreement with Concept Laser as the premium supplier for machinery and plant technology. The core aspects of the working relationship are also the further industrialization of the laser melting process for applications in aviation, the further development of the plant and process technology and the QA systems, as well as the qualification of new powder alloys.