Canadian additive manufacturing company Burloak Technologies is teaming up with Safran Landing Systems, a leader in aircraft landing and braking technology, to develop 3D printed aircraft landing gear components. The companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) through which they will collaborate on AM research and technology studies and on process development and commercial production.
The partnership agreement was announced today at the International Paris Air Show, the largest air show and aerospace-industry exhibition event in the world.
“We are pleased to have been selected by Safran Landing Systems to work on this exciting project,” commented Peter Adams, President and Co-founder of Burloak Technologies. “We have a proven track record in developing complex, additively manufactured aerospace components for flight, and this collaboration will demonstrate the commercial viability and significant advantages of additive manufacturing compared to traditional processes for critical, large-format airframe components.”
Burloak will provide its additive manufacturing and machining capabilities and resources to support the development of landing system components, including brake sleeves. The parts will primarily be produced using a high-deposition directed energy process.
To mark the beginning of the partnership agreement, Burloak and Safran Landing Systems will be showcasing a generic brake sleeve prototype—the first of its kind—at the Paris Air Show from today until June 20. The part, which was jointly developed, has a diameter of about 6.5 inches and a height of about 17 inches.
Last week, Burloak Technologies, a division of Samuel, Son & Co., announced the launch of its customer collaboration program, AM-Works, which is aimed at supporting customers in their adoption and use of AM. The Canada-based company will be promoting AM-Works at the Paris Air Show this week.