Concept Laser, a GE Additive company based in Germany, and LAUAK Group, a French aeronautical company, have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to create an alliance which aims to advance 3D printing in the aerospace industry.
LAUAK plans to invest in Concept Laser’s additive machines, while Concept Laser will work closely with LAUAK to implement additive processes and design new products specifically for aerospace implementation.
“LAUAK sees the potential of additive manufacturing and I’m delighted they’ve chosen Concept Laser equipment to help them on their journey,” said CEO of Concept Laser, Frank Herzog. “We will support them with equipment, processes and people to allow them to fulfill their objectives.”
Concept Laser will be assisting LAUAK with designs for new products and re-designs for old ones, as well as implementing 3D printing techniques in their manufacturing process.
“We see the huge potential in additive manufacturing and we want to use this technology to complete and improve our current manufacturing processes, as well as the manufacture of new components for the aviation industry.” said Mikel Charritton, CEO of LAUAK.
Additive manufacturing (also called 3D printing) involves taking digital designs from computer aided design (CAD) software, and building them on an additive machine, layer by layer from metal powder. Additive components are typically lighter, more durable and more efficient than traditional casting and forged parts because they can be made as one piece, requiring less welds, joints and assembly.
Because additive parts are essentially “grown” from the ground up, they generate far less waste material. Freed of traditional manufacturing restrictions, additive manufacturing dramatically expands the design possibilities for engineers.