Aerospace industry leader, Triumph Group has acquired two systems from GE Additive, as well as a range of AddWorksTM consultancy service packages, to help further its additive manufacturing strategy. It seems that more and more traditional industrial giants are coming to the (inevitable) realization that AM is the future and that they need to invest to get themselves on board of the soon-departing AM flight.
The metaphor was not chosen casually, as a number of aerospace companies have announced AM-related partnership with GE, as the company now provides one of the most complete metal AM offers to any company operating in the aerospace segment. GE Additive’s integrated offering includes additive experts, machines and materials, such as additive machines from Concept Laser and Arcam EBM; along with additive material provider AP&C.
“I really admire Triumph’s smart and progressive strategy in adopting a multimodality approach to their additive journey,” said Jason Oliver, President and CEO, GE Additive. “And when you add to that the deep experience and divergent thinking of our AddWork’s team, I look forward to seeing the results of what I hope will be a long and rewarding relationship.”
Two additive manufacturing systems in addition to design and engineering consultancy services will support Triumph Group’s R&D initiatives and commercial objectives. Triumph has selected a Concept Laser M2 Cusing Multilaser DMLM system and an Arcam EBM Q20plus system to be installed at its R&D facility in Seattle with installation expected to be completed within Q3 2018. The AddWorks team will partner closely with the team at Triumph from day one on a range of areas, including discovery workshops, materials selections through to advising on prototyping strategies.
“Triumph Group is excited to work with GE Additive to broaden Triumph’s utilization of additive manufacturing technology,” said Dan Crowley, President & CEO, Triumph Group. “Thus far we have successfully used additive manufacturing for prototyping, and we are rapidly growing its use for design competency. This partnership with GE Additive will strengthen our additive manufacturing capability, accelerating our ability to design and develop future on-wing solutions for our customers.”
Triumph Group participates at all levels of the aerospace supply chain – from single components to complex systems, to aerospace structures and their contents. The company provides solutions for the entire product life cycle of an aircraft – from engineering and design to aftermarket service. Its unique ability to integrate a broad range of products and capabilities is its competitive advantage.
The trend is clear as GE’s name acts as a guarantee for more and more companies to make the initial investment into AM systems. first as a mean for internal R&D, to learn more about the process as they eye the use of AM for digital end-to-end production. Very rarely – if ever – any company that makes an initial investment into AM hardware decides to reduce its exposure as time progresses. Sometimes AM adoption is faster and other times it takes a slower pace but it always grows.