Turbomeca (Safran) is setting up new manufacturing capability at its facility in France for serial production of parts using the latest additive manufacturing, or 3D printing process.
Bordes facility in France is one of the first of its kind to serial produce additive components for aerospace propulsion industry in France.
Arrano test and production engines will feature fuel injector nozzles made using Selective Laser Melting (SLM) techniques.
This leading-edge manufacturing process will also be used to manufacture Ardiden 3 combustor swirlers. These engines are Turbomeca’s latest models and amongst the most advanced turboshafts ever designed.
Additive manufacturing produces parts to a three-dimensional CAD (computer-aided design) model.Unlike traditional manufacturing processes (forging and machining) which are based on material removal, additive manufacturing builds layers, each between 20 and 100-micrometers thick, of fine metal powder to produce complex-shape parts.
In the case of SLM, a computer-controlled laser shoots pinpoint beams onto a bed of nickel-based super alloy powder, to melt the metal in the desired areas.
Additive Manufacturing also simplifies the manufacturing process. A traditional fuel-injector nozzle is made up from dozens different pieces.
Arrano component is made from one single piece of material and features advanced injection and cooling functions.
One SLM machine is already in service, and qualified for mass production, with others to be integrated over the coming years.
By introducing new, high-end machine tools and new processes like additive manufacturing and HVOF (High Velocity Oxy-Fuel) coatings, Turbomeca will improve its compressor and turbine blade manufacturing capabilities at Bordes.
Turbomeca will showcase its Ardiden 3C and Arrius 2 turboshaft engines at Zhuhai Airshow 2014, from 11th to 16th November 2014, the company said in a statement Monday. Developed in 50-50 partnership with Avic Engine, Ardiden 3C was ground tested for the first time in Bordes (France) in November 2013
Turbomeca, part of the Safran group, has signed a contract with Saab AB for the repair and overhaul of Arrius 2K2 modules and engines installed on A109 LUH helicopters of the Swedish Air Force. The contract is a customized Global Support Package (GSP) for the Swedish Air Force A109 LUHS helicopters equipped with Turbomeca’s Arrius 2K2
ANAHEIM: Turbomeca has signed with Russian Helicopters / Kamov and with Helicopter Services Company contracts for the development and serial engine production of the Arrius 2G1 to be installed on the Ka-226T, the Russian twin-engine helicopter with double counter-rotating rotor. At this time Russia is experiencing a need for light helicopters capable of multiple missions such as transport, EMS, aerial work and surveillance
BORDES, France --- Following the contract signed between Eurocopter and the Brazilian Army and Navy for 50 EC 725 helicopters to be delivered between 2010 and 2016, Turbomeca do Brasil will be the partner of the local military forces, providing notably support for the Makila 2A engines.>> The Makila 2A engines, powering the twin engine EC 725 helicopter, will be assembled, tested and overhauled at Turbomeca do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro
BORDES, France --- Last December, Turbomeca and the Turkish Ministry of Defense signed a contract for setting up a repair center for the Turbomeca Makila 1A1 turbo shaft engines equipping the 50 Cougar helicopters operated by the Turkish Army.>> This new repair center is based at Eskiehir, in the Tusas Engine Industries, governmental repair center
A prototype of the worlds first 3D printed ship propeller has been developed by a consortium that includes Damen Shipyards Group, RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas. The 1,350mm diameter propeller, named WAAMpeller was fabricated from a Nickel Aluminium Bronze (NAB) alloy at RAMLAB (Rotterdam Additive Manufacturing LAB) in the Port of Rotterdam
Turbomeca (Safran) announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Portuguese Air Force and DEFLOC at Paris Air Show to support the Portuguese RTM322-powered EH101 fleet. The engines of these rotorcrafts will be covered by a Global Support Package (GSP)
Turbomeca (Safran), and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) have signed Today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Paris Air Show to establish a joint venture in India that will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul for Turbomeca and HAL engines installed on HAL-produced helicopters. Therefore the engine fleet which will be addressed is the TM333 and Shakti engines
Turbomeca (Safran) announced today that it has been investigating and running tests on its TECH3000 components and modules this year to address need of greater performance and reduced environmental footprint of new-generation heavy rotorcraft. The TECH3000 demonstrator enables Turbomeca to validate the design and core performances of such new high power engines for the heavy helicopter market
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