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Carpenter Technology and BMT Aerospace redesign aerospace pinion for production by AM

Using Carpenter's 465 Stainless Steel

Carpenter Technology Corporation and Belgium-based BMT Aerospace are cooperating in the development of an additively manufactured (AM) aerospace pinion, using Carpenter Technology’s Custom 465 Stainless. The collaboration was announced at the ongoing Paris Air Show.

BMT Aerospace and its subsidiary BMT Additive initiated the project by partnering with Carpenter Technology to produce a redesigned pinion. The redesign project was initiated to enable the benefits of additive manufacturing using high quality, printable material that would attain the high-performance expectations for the application.

“BMT Aerospace strongly believes in the disruptive potential of additive manufacturing and its possibilities in aerospace,” explained Ewald Goossens, Business Unit Manager of BMT Additive. “As a small player in the market, we strongly believe in cooperation opportunities like these, where each partner can rely and build on a project, starting from its own expertise. Our specific knowledge in design and manufacturing in aerospace and our abilities in custom design for metal additive manufacturing are a perfect match with Carpenter Technology’s knowledge of high quality and innovative products.”

Carpenter Technology and BMT Aerospace
BMT Aerospace produces high quality gears, gearboxes, transmissions and actuators for the global aerospace industry. Very few companies in the world are better suited to introduce additive processes in their production workflow.

The cooperation between the two companies resulted in an optimized and simplified manufacturing process for the aerospace part via AM and introduces the opportunity to expand AM part production further across multiple applications. Parts were printed by Carpenter Technology’s business unit Carpenter Additive, using their high-strength, Custom 465 Stainless. Design, validation and post-processing for the redesigned pinion were done by BMT Aerospace. Both companies present the redesigned and printed pinion at their respective booths in Le Bourget, France.

“Collaborations like the one with BMT Aerospace demonstrate how partnerships across raw material, production, validation and design can rapidly bring to commercial reality new parts with next step performance potential,” said Marshall Akins, Carpenter’s Vice President, Aerospace Markets. “Carpenter Additive’s suite of capabilities presents powerful tools to accelerate our customer’s additive aspirations.”

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree. Specializing in covering the AM industry, he founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. Since 2016 he is also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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