Germany based MAN Diesel & Turbo, a global provider of large bore diesel engines for marine application, has started to equip first products with components made by 3D printing. After a decade of research and development by the company this means a significant step forward: Additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) enters serial production for such a sophisticated product like gas turbines. The future technology of 3D printing allows to offer customers even better products.
Approval for serial production
Additive manufacturing offers huge potential for MAN Diesel & Turbo’s product range, especially when it comes to the production of gas turbine components. Additively manufactured guide vane segments that are now incorporated into MAN gas turbines of the MGT6100 series have proven particularly suitable. The approval for serial production is the result of intense preparation as well as cooperation with highly specialized suppliers and development partners such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology.
“As of now, we are the first manufacturer of gas turbines in the world to use such complex 3D-printed metallic components not only for test runs but also for serial production.” Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO MAN Diesel & Turbo
MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, based in Augsburg, Germany, is the world’s leading provider of large-bore diesel engines and turbomachinery for marine and stationary applications. It designs two-stroke and four-stroke engines that are manufactured both by the company and by its licensees. The engines have power outputs ranging from 450 kW to 87 MW. MAN Diesel & Turbo also designs and manufactures gas turbines of up to 30 MW, steam turbines of up to 150 MW and compressors with volume flows of up to 1.5 million m³/h and pressures of up to 1,000 bar. The product range is rounded off by turbochargers, propellers, gas engines and chemical reactors.
MAN Diesel & Turbo’s range of goods includes complete marine propulsion systems, turbomachinery units for the oil & gas as well as the process industries and complete power plant solutions. Customers receive worldwide after-sales services marketed under the MAN PrimeServ brand. The company employs around 14,500 staff at more than 100 international sites, primarily in Germany, Denmark, France, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, India and China. MAN Diesel & Turbo is a company in the Power Engineering business area of MAN SE.