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Oerlikon AM and MT Aerospace join forces to offer new AM solutions to aerospace

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Oerlikon AM and MT Aerospace are partnering to accelerate the use of additive parts in the aerospace and defense industries. The partnership aims to bring efficiency and cost savings to the aerospace and defense market by providing end-to-end solutions to customers.

The two companies’ combined expertise and technical capabilities intend to help address the industry’s most difficult and disruptive challenges, offering improved efficiency and safety at a lower cost. Especially in aerospace, where lightweight is a key issue and challenge, additively manufactured, digitized components due offer significant advantages compared to traditionally manufactured, injection molded or machined parts. Incorporating digitization in both air and space is enabling rapid new advances in the industry.

With this partnership, Oerlikon and MT Aerospace are positioning themselves as a key resource for aviation and space industry companies that intend to explore AM. By leveraging both MT Aerospace’s heritage in designing highly stressed and lightweight metal structures and Oerlikon’s materials, design, 3D printing, and post-processing capabilities, aerospace customers can seize a notable advantage by implementing synergies between construction/design, manufacturing, part inspection and qualification.

Oerlikon AM and MT Aerospace
An additively manufactured and finished part, produced as a single part with no subassembly required.

“The companies contribute their respective expertise in component design and manufacturing, as well as component testing and qualification, to offer customers a “one-stop-shop” from product specification to a finished, qualified part,” commented Hans J. Steininger, Chief Executive Officer of MT Aerospace AG, a subsidiary of Bremen-based space company OHB SE.

As readers of this website know well, additive manufacturing is driving the next industrial revolution. Instead of using traditional techniques, casting, machining, joining and assembly, it allows complete freedom to create complex integrated shapes that are optimized for function, performance and cost.

“Through this partnership, we look forward to continuing to lead innovation and digitization trends in the aerospace industry by accelerating and scaling up the process from concept to operational delivery,” said Prof. Dr. Michael Suess, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oerlikon. “To advance the application of additive manufacturing, collaboration with key players like MT Aerospace is essential. We are looking forward to bringing more additively manufactured parts to aerospace.”

By bundling their capabilities, Oerlikon AM and MT Aerospace are setting a path for their customers to unleash the full potential of additive manufacturing. The two companies will be are showcasing their additive manufacturing solutions at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget: booth G79 in Hall 2B (Oerlikon), booth C 318 in Hall 2C (MT Aerospace).

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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