Why Additive Manufacturing for the Aerospace Industry?

Components used in aerospace need to be high-quality, complex, exact, and perhaps most importantly, aerodynamic. Additive manufacturing (AM) is conducive to printing custom one-off parts, manufacturing tools,  and prototypes at low costs. Additive materials are also ideal for developing lightweight parts, which ultimately saves on fuel and CO2 emissions in aerospace applications. As safety is of the essence in this industry, aerospace manufacturers are seeing benefits in the traceability and reliance of end-to-end digitized additive workflows.

To reap the full benefits of additive manufacturing for aerospace, it’s essential to connect and streamline the digital thread from DfAM (design for additive manufacturing), through to post-printing. Regardless of how efficient metal printing methods like DMLS, SLM, DED, and FDM are for aerospace when used with high-quality print materials, the lack of digitized post-printing can result in warped parts, breakage, and overall impede otherwise streamlined workflows.

 

We’re Unleashing the Full Potential of Aerospace Additive Manufacturing

PostProcess Technologies is the internationally renowned leader and pioneer of automated post-printing. Using patented and patent-pending approaches, PostProcess solutions effectively overcome the post-printing bottleneck for aerospace applications with a complete blend of proprietary software, hardware, and exclusive chemistry, enabling complete end-to-end digitalization in additive manufacturing for aerospace. What can you expect when implementing a PostProcess solution?

AM Post-Printing for Aerospace

FDM Support Removal

When using high-performance thermoplastic materials like ABS, ASA, and Polycarbonate, FDM is conducive to printing larger, lightweight aerospace components at a low cost. To overcome the slow lead times that result from traditional FDM support removal, PostProcess Volumetric Velocity Dispersion (VVD) solutions use software intelligence to effectively post-print large parts and batches, effectively reducing support removal processing times by over 50% (compared to submersible tank systems).

Metal Surface Finishing

Design freedom is key in additive manufacturing, and the ability to create a sturdy yet intricately designed AlSi10Mg metal part is transformative for the aerospace industry. Traditional metal surface finishing techniques can be harsh on metal printed parts, and result in burrs, warpage, or even scrapped parts.

PostProcess’s automated metal surface finishing techniques are instrumental in achieving ideal Ra values on metal parts with minimal breakage, regardless of complexities and sizes.

Your Complete Post-Printing Solutions for Aerospace

All FDM Support Removal Surface Finishing

Globally Renowned, Continually Relied Upon

Explore our case studies and white papers to learn why our solutions have become the industry standard for automated post-printing.

White Papers

Read up on the digitized connection between DfAM for FDM and post-printing.

FDM White Paper: Leveraging DfAM for Enhanced FDM Post-Printing Efficiencies

White Papers

Check out the efficiencies Ingersoll-Rand experienced with a PostProcess solution for DMLS.

DMLS Case Study: Ingersoll-Rand

White Papers

Explore how PostProcess’s automated solutions solve additive surface finishing bottlenecks.

DMLS/FDM White Paper: Overcoming AM Surface Finishing Challenges

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