Oerlikon, a leading technology and engineering group, and Lufthansa Technik, a leading provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for civil aircraft, engines and components, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish robust and repeatable processes for additive manufacturing (AM) in the aircraft MRO industry. The partnership is an important step toward the industrialization of AM in the aircraft MRO industry and aims to take advantage of potential flexibility and cost savings in manufacturing, procurement, warehousing and supply chain management.
Oerlikon AM and Lufthansa Technik will build up representative component geometrics. The components will be printed on identical printers in three global locations: Oerlikon AM Charlotte (North Carolina, USA), Oerlikon AM Barleben (Germany) and Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg (Germany). The same process parameters and powder specifications will be used to understand process repeatability. The partnership is for a one-year period and may be extended to other models of printers as more data on manufacturing processes is collected.
The collaboration between Oerlikon AM and Lufthansa Technik will help drive the industrialization of additive manufacturing.