GKN Aerospace and Saab plan to continue developing additive manufacturing (AM) processes.
GKN Aerospace and Saab plan to continue developing additive manufacturing (AM) processes.

GKN Aerospace and Saab plan to continue developing additive manufacturing (AM) processes by introducing new materials and designs and helping reduce production lead times and costs.

In the previous one year of collaboration the partnership as resulted in the delivery and certification of AM components now flying on Saab aircraft.

’Saab is a long-term, valued customer for GKN and partnering with them on this ground-breaking new technology has been a major success for both companies,’ said John Pritchard, GKN Aerospace’s CEO of Aerostructures Europe and China. ‘Historically, the challenge for AM was to move it from theory into production: fully certified and flying on major platforms. We are well past that stage now – AM is out there and flying on aircraft around the world today. I am confident that this partnership will push the boundaries of this revolutionary technology further in the years to come.’

This story is reprinted from material from GKN, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.