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Additive manufacturing in the Aerospace market

With AS9100 accreditation for the production of additively manufacture components for aerospace and as an Airbus AP Works certified partner METRON produces lightweight yet strong components for aerospace using titanium and aluminium alloys.

The complex geometries made possible by additive manufacture – including lattice structures, thin-walled structures and topology optimised, organic design – empower innovative design, achieving significant weight reductions and performance enhancements.

METRON can provide:

  • In-house Additive Manufacturing using our ARCAM EBM Q-Series and EOS M400 machines, with both Titanium (Ti6Al4V) and Scalmalloy®, a high strength Aluminium-Scandium alloy developed by Airbus subsidiary AP Works, currently the highest strength Aluminium alloy available for Additive Manufacture.
  • Design consultancy, to optimise for Additive Manufacture.
  • In-house design, including FEA Stress analysis.
  • Parameter development to optimise Additive Manufacture process for specific requirements.

Scalmalloy® is an Aluminium-Scandium alloy developed by Airbus subsidiary AP Works. METRON is an AP Works Certified Partner, enabling the in-house manufacture of Scalmalloy® components. As the highest strength commercially available aluminium alloy for additive manufacture this represents a significant step forward for the use of aluminium alloys in low temperature, structural applications.

Ti6Al4V has higher operational temperature than typical aluminium alloys, which makes it an excellent candidate for aerospace parts, especially when combined with its high specific strength and the ability of Additive Manufacture to produce highly complex geometries.

As an early adopter of AM technology, and using this experience from designing and producing complex AM geometries, METRON has developed bespoke AM parameters, capable of outperforming the surface finish, material properties and productivity of OEM certified parameters, particularly for thin-walled components.