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PrintSky to develop actuation systems for Collins Aerospace

The joint venture between Sogeclair and AddUp will focus on developing a new generation of flight actuation systems

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PrintSky, a French joint venture between Sogeclair and AddUp, created in 2019, and specialized in developing and manufacturing complex metal 3D printing components, has been selected by Collins Aerospace to participate in its research program for a new generation of flight actuation.

Supported by the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) as part of the France Relance initiative, this program focuses on developing new technologies for a more sustainable aviation industry by 2030. PrintSky will bring its expertise in design, manufacturing, and qualification of additive manufacturing parts in the aerospace industry, to this project.

The French Relance initiative is a €100 billion investment plan representing the equivalent of one-third of the annual state budget, with €40 billion provided by the European Union to support businesses, rethink production models, transform infrastructure, and invest in training.

PrintSky, the joint venture between Sogeclair and AddUp, will focus on developing a new generation of actuation systems for Collins Aerospace
Part produced by PrintSky

An electromechanical actuation is a complex system integrating various components (sensors, engines, electronic cards, etc). The structure of these actuation systems, designed and manufactured by PrintSky, is intended to ensure several functions – to resist mechanical loads, to dissipate the heat emitted by the components, or to be tight and insensible to electromagnetic disturbances. Given the complexity and criticality of the structure – it is a well-suited application for additive manufacturing. “Thanks to our technologies, we can optimize the structure of the actuation system and integrate multi-physical functions such as a heater and other peripheral parts,“ explained Nicolas Correge, Sogeclair New Technologies, and PrintSky, Manager.

PrintSky relies on 3D printing technologies developed and manufactured by AddUp, in France. Thanks to AddUp’s additive manufacturing, it is possible to produce complex geometrical parts that are less bulky, lighter, and still made of durable materials – which are all vital prerequisites for companies such as Collins Aerospace. “PrintSky offers a multifunctional solution for new generation equipment such as heat exchangers and electromechanical components so as to contribute to the transformation of the aeronautics industry and meet decarbonation challenges,“ added Nicolas Correge.

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