GKN Additive has its sights set on flying Ti 6Al 4V aero-structure components for their laser-based wire-fed metallic additive manufacturing technology. The technical development status and future plans, including nondestructive evaluation and path to certification, will be discussed. To accelerate the program, GKN is partnered with the experts at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Manufacturing Demonstration Facility on topics such as in-situ thermal management and real-time process control automation. GKN Aerospace, an aerospace Tier 1 supplier, is currently flying metallic additive manufactured components on seven major platforms, including those made with various deposition technologies and materials. A few of those case studies will be presented.
- Discuss pros and cons of laser metal wire additive manufacturing
- Understand current certifications processes and how future certifications may be different for laser metal wire additive manufacturing
- Point out some of the significant process variables and how they are controlled for laser metal wire additive manufacturing