Eaton‘s Aerospace Group has selected two Concept Laser AM machines from GE Additive, as well as GE’s AddWorks consultancy services, to direct industrialization activities as Eaton further evolves and executes its long-term additive manufacturing strategy.
One machine will be installed at Eaton’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence at its Innovation Center in Southfield, Michigan, while the second machine will be situated at the company’s R&D lab at its Global Innovation Center in Pune, India. Both machines are expected to be installed by August 2018.
“We’re honored to have been selected by Eaton to join them at this pivotal stage of their additive journey. Our own direct experiences and learnings in mass scale production within the aerospace industry mean that we have an implicit understanding of what they’re trying to achieve,” commented Jason Oliver, President and CEO, GE Additive.
Eaton opened an Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE) at its Southfield, Mich., Innovation Center in 2016. The center is enabling the company to meet increasing demand for complex high-performance components, tools and fixtures, while improving speed to market and advancing sustainable manufacturing efforts. The initial investment included dedicating 3,700 square-feet within Eaton’s Southfield Innovation Center, staff and machines for direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), and a range of 3D-printing technologies for polymers, supporting computing and machine shop.
GE Additive AddWorks consultants will consult with Eaton’s teams to advise on industrialization and part certification processes, materials characterization, and production readiness selection strategies.
“Additive capabilities provide new business opportunities and a strong competitive advantage. In five to ten years, we see a significant portion of our portfolio being manufactured through additive processes because of the investments we are making today.” said Nanda Kumar, president, Eaton’s Aerospace Group. “Additive manufacturing is an exciting technology that offers many advantages. We look forward to leveraging GE Additive’s expertise and experience to accelerate our initiatives in this space.”
“We were impressed with GE Additive’s consultants’ focus on strengthening our existing additive manufacturing program in a way that will accelerate our deployment,” said Mike York, director, Additive Manufacturing, Eaton’s Aerospace Group.
In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of products and technologies for hydraulic systems, fuel and inerting systems, motion control and engine solutions.