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Aerospace

Using innovative, toolless laser sintering, e-Manufacturing enables cost-effective production of lightweight high-tech components, even with small batch sizes.

The aerospace industry is a key growth market for Additive Manufacturing (AM). Engine and turbine parts as well as cabin interior components are typical applications for AM. This is where the benefits of innovative EOS technology come to the fore: functional components with complex geometries and defined aerodynamic properties can be manufactured quickly and cost-effectively. Material and weight savings lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Manufacturer-specific adaptations and small production runs are further arguments in favour of AM technology. This is why leading aerospace companies have integrated AM into their planning of future production strategies.

Toolless Production: Flexible Rather Than Restricted


EOS e-Manufacturing technology enables maximum flexibility in production planning. In addition, toolless production processes require less energy and raw material than conventional manufacturing operations. Modified parts, upgrades and spare parts can be produced as needed, obviating the need for storage. Given the long service lives of airplanes, Additive Manufacturing processes yield clear cost benefits.

Lightweight Design: Lose to Gain


Intelligent lightweight structures manufactured using laser sintering processes combine high strength with a weight reduction of 40–60%. The material savings translate into more flexibility in design and engineering. As a result, airplanes consume significantly less fuel and emit less carbon dioxide.

Cost Reduction: Keep the Budget Low


Since part production using Additive Manufacturing does not cause set-up and tooling costs, production costs are only incurred for the parts themselves, at the time they are manufactured. Even small production runs and one-off pieces do not cause added cost. In addition, system parts designed for optimum function can often be realised as a single part, simplifying assembly and quality assurance.

Further Information

Engines

EOS Additive Manufacturing enables cost-effective production of functional engine parts with complex geometries and defined characteristics.

Interior

e-Manufacturing enables aerospace companies to use Additive Manufacturing to produce tailor-made, high-quality parts for cabin and cockpit equipment.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

Toolless Additive Manufacturing by EOS enables maximum design freedom and is an ideal production method for Rapid Prototyping and small production runs.
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