Bringing together a unique combination of expertise to keep aerospace original equipment manufacturers and their partners flying high above the competition, GF Machining Solutions and GF Casting Solutions will take to the world stage together at the 53rd International Paris Air Show, June 17–23, 2019, at Paris-Le Bourget Airport (France).
Visitors to the event won’t want to miss the two GF Divisions’ 50-square-meter exhibition space (Hall 4, Stand A78). That’s the place where the global aerospace market will discover how GF Machining Solutions and GF Casting Solutions—through its GF Precicast entity—breathe life into their Paris Air Show theme, “We move your application ahead”.
From manufacturing equipment and Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology to precision casting (also known as investment casting), the two GF Divisions add value to a variety of high-value aerospace components. These include helicopter diffusers and structural parts, impellers, airfoils, turbine disks, outlet guide vanes, bearing supports, hubs, and structural parts.
Impressive 3D-printed turbine rear vane
At the 53rd International Paris Air Show, GF Machining Solutions and GF Casting Solutions will present exciting evidence of their collective competence: one of the largest 3D-printed parts for an aircraft engine. This part, a turbine rear vane (TRV), was developed at GF Machining Solutions’ and GF Casting Solutions’ new AMotion Center in Stabio, Switzerland.
Printed in only 48 hours with a 60-micron layer thickness, the TRV was perfectly executed with a combination of technologies: GF Machining Solutions and 3D Systems’ workflow-optimized DMP Factory 500 metal AM printing solution for the build; GF Machining Solutions’ wire Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) machine for separating the TRV from the build platform; 3DXpert all-in-one software; and LaserFORM® Ni718 metal powder. The DMP Factory 500, with its 500 x 500 x 500 mm build envelope, is the perfect metal AM printing solution for creating seamless large parts at increased quality and lower total cost.
A go-to source for AM expertise
Not surprisingly, the AMotion Center in Stabio is gaining ground as a go-to source for AM expertise covering the whole manufacturing value chain. That’s because it offers consulting and training; design, engineering and development; rapid prototyping; part qualification; serial production; and ready-to-mount solutions.
As a result, manufacturers profit from short development cycles, unlimited possibilities in terms of shape, use of a wide variety of materials; deep know-how in serial part production; and an in-house Research and Development team with proven success in three key AM technologies: laser powder bed fusion and electron beam powder bed fusion for direct manufacturing of metal components, and direct energy deposition for reworking components, producing hybrid cast and additively manufactured products, and manufacturing large parts. Moreover, the AMotion Center is among the top five organizations worldwide to hold the latest Nadcap certification.