Finnish firm Patria announced Thursday that the first 3D-printed aircraft engine part been installed in the F/A-18 Hornet fighter successfully completed its maiden flight on 5 January 2018.
Patria has been working on the manufacturing process for 3D-printed parts over the last two years. The part was designed in accordance with the MDOA approval granted to Patria and was manufactured from the Inconel 625 superalloy. MDOA approval refers to Military Design Organisation Approval in accordance with European Military Aviation Requirements (EMARs) and granted by the Finnish Military Aviation Authority (FMAA).
Patria is actively involved in exploring new methods of manufacturing and repairing various parts. "For this part, the development work has been done over the last two years, with the aim of exploring the manufacturing process for 3D-printable parts, from drawing board to practical application.
Using 3D printing to make parts enables a faster process from customer need to finished product, as well as the creation of newer, better structures. We will continue research on additive manufacturing methods, with the aim of making the new technology more efficient," says Ville Ahonen, Vice President, Patria's Aviation business unit.
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Kongsberg) and Patria have entered into an agreement to develop opportunities for cooperation on missile systems. The agreement comprises the establishment of a Missile Competence Center in Finland, Open Tactical Framework (OTF) core technologies and system architecture software for missile programs in Finland and international opportunities linked to these capabilities
Patria has signed an agreement valued around 170 million euros (US$205 million) with the Finnish Defence Forces on the mid-life upgrade and overhaul of the Finnish Defence Forces Hamina Class fast attack craft. The procurement is part of the Naval Capability Development Programme, based on which the overhaul of Hamina Class vessels will ensure continued naval defence capabilities in the period between the decommissioning of Rauma Class fast attack craft and the commissioning of Squadron 2020 corvettes during the 2020s
Patria Aviation and RUAG Aviation has signed a Teaming Agreement to deliver life cycle support for the F/A-18 fleets of the Finnish and Swiss air forces. The Finnish Ministry of Defence and the Swiss Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports have agreed to study the impacts of the worldwide F/A-18 sundown programmes that will progressively affect the Finnish and Swiss fleets
Boeing and Oerlikon, a technology and engineering group, signed a five-year collaboration agreement to develop standard materials and processes for metal-based additive manufacturing in aerospace applications. Additive manufacturing, popularly known as 3D printing, is a controlled process in which material is joined or solidified to create a three-dimensional part
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