LaserCUSING machines from Concept Laser in the new production hall in Varel. Image courtesy Premium Aerotec GmbH.
LaserCUSING machines from Concept Laser in the new production hall in Varel. Image courtesy Premium Aerotec GmbH.

Premium Aerotec has signed a cooperation agreement with Concept Laser to supply additive manufacturing machines.

Premium Aerotec has begun industrial series production of a double-walled pipe elbow in the fuel system of the Airbus A400M transport aircraft. These complex parts were previously produced from individual cast parts which were then welded together to form one assembly. The company now has M2 cusing Multilaser machines and one X line 1000R machine from Concept Laser used to produce 3D parts in the LaserCUSING process.

‘By the middle of 2016, another X line 2000R will be added,’ said Gerd Weber, site manager. ‘It features what is currently the world’s largest build envelope (800 x 400 x 500 mm3) in the field of powder-bed-based laser melting and is also equipped with 2 x 1,000 W lasers.’

Important milestone

‘This cooperation marks an important milestone for the industrialization of 3D metal printing in aircraft construction and undoubtedly also sends a signal to other industries,’ said Concept Laser CEO Frank Herzog.

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