GKN Fokker and Brightlands Materials Center are collaborating to evaluate Additive Manufacturing with Continuous Fibers for production of smaller aerospace parts where mechanical strength, weight and overall costs are important.
The benefits of the technology for GKN Fokker are the ability to make functional components in a relatively early stage of the design process of for example an airplane wing.
This can be done with shorter lead times and at lower costs because no expensive injection moulds need to be made. As model component a sensor rod has been chosen that is part of the movable parts of an airplane’s wings.
Brightlands Materials Center and GKN Fokker are investigating the materials, design, process and type of printer.
First results are shown on the Formnext trade fair (Brightlands Materials Center booth 12.1 A27) in Frankfurt Germany on November 19-22nd 2019.
Interested? Visit us at Formnext our contact Richard Janssen for more information.