The first turbojet engine completely printed in 3D unveiled in Australia

Turbine-3DIt is a small turbine such as those that power the helicopters or some missiles, and yet it marks a key step in industrial history. Presented at the Avalon Airshow, this turbine was conducted by Amaero Engineering, a spin-off of the Monash Australian University, in cooperation with the french Microturbo/Turbomeca of Safran subsidiary. If it still a turbine ‘ salon’, it shows that more and more high alloy performance are controlled in 3D printing and demonstrates that the level of quality of the metal pieces produced in additive manufacturing now reach standard aviation, standard among the highest in the industry.

A project by Amaero Engineering with the Safran

The stand of Amaero Engineering on the Avalon Airshow

The stand of Amaero Engineering on the Avalon Airshow

Australia, like many other developed countries, relies on 3D printing to bring into the country of foreign parts industries. This is particularly the case of the aviation industry where local manufacturers could make spare parts for lighter thanks to means of production purchased abroad devices. It is in any case will the Australia and particularly Dr. Robert Hobbs, CEO ofAmaero Engineering, a startup from Monash University and putting into practice this printing 3D and metallurgy University research. On its site Web, the startup Announces master 3D printing with of multiple high-performance alloys, both in printing SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) on a bed of powder in print by screening of powder and fusion laser (Blown Powder Laser Melting). The startup Announces master the production of parts in Hastelloy (nickel-based alloy), stainless steel 17-4 PH, aluminum 6061-T6 and AlSi10Mg, and titanium Ti 6Al 4V alloy and yet the 300 to 18% Nickel maraging steel (the Steelworkers will appreciate).

BLISK-and-Impellor-with-lattice-structure-coreA palette that has apparently convinced several industrialists of the aviation industry to work with the startup that evokes projects with Airbus, Boeing, Raytheon. On its stand, Dr. Robert Hobbs was a small turbojet engine completely printed in 3D, a project with saffron. This small and non-functional reactor is of the type produced by Turbomeca in Bordes, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The Safran Group has already announced bet on 3D printing with investments made on its site in Bordes. A strategy which also involves the Australia.

Translation : Bing Translator

Sources :

“3D printing: Australian researchers create jet engine, breakthrough captures attention of Airbus and Boeing”, ABC News, February 26, 2015

“The world’s first printed jet engine”, Communiqué de presse de l’université de Monash, February 26, 2015

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