A video production by Peter Zelinski presents AutoCLAD, an adaptive repair solution for turbine engine blades.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, January 25, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Optomech’s additive manufacturing solutions for turbine engine component repair are featured in a video in Additive Manufacturing magazine. A video segment demonstrates the Optomec process for repairing blades from both the compressor and turbine sections of an aircraft turbine engine and demonstrates why these operations require an adaptive process that can tailor unique repairs for each individual blade. . A short video can be seen here: https://optomec.com/additive-manufacturing-for-aircraft-blade-repair/
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The global aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market is worth over $85 billion annually and continues to grow. As part of scheduled operations, both military and commercial aircraft undergo routine engine maintenance to repair worn blades in the turbine and compressor sections of the engine. In the past, this was accomplished by sanding the worn areas of each blade and rebuilding the metal by hand. Optomec solutions use an additive manufacturing process called Directed Energy Deposition (DED). It uses laser energy to precisely melt a stream of powdered metal, rebuilding worn components layer by layer, and adding the least amount of energy possible to maintain the metallurgy of the metal. base part. This process is made possible by an integrated vision system and software control of his called AutoCLAD.TMs Tailor unique repairs to each individual blade to compensate for slight changes in shape experienced by the blade during normal use.
Optomec’s repair process is approved for flight-essential use in 15 countries and has repaired over 10 million blades using AutoCLAD to dateTMsWhile most of these repairs have been performed on nickel-based superalloys, Optomec recently offered an industry-first automated repair process for titanium blades. It incorporates automated part handling within an oxygen-free treatment atmosphere for superior metallurgy of titanium parts. The use of titanium in the industry is on the rise as OEMs seek further profits in lightening projects.
Mike Dean, Optomec’s Vice President of Marketing, said: “The industry is expected to return to profitability this year after a difficult three years. So we could continue to improve our automation without starting from scratch.”
Optomec is a rapidly growing supplier of additive manufacturing systems. Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Systems for printed electronics, and LENS and Huffman brand 3D printers for manufacturing and repairing metal parts are used by the industry to reduce product costs and improve performance. These unique printing solutions work with a wide range of functional materials, from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological materials. Optomec has delivered over 500 of his unique additive manufacturing systems to over 200 of his leading customers worldwide for production applications in the electronics, energy, life sciences and aerospace industries. Our users include GE, Samsung, Raytheon, Siemens, Lockheed, LiteOn and countless blue chip manufacturers, as well as the US Air Force, US Navy, US Army and NASA. For more information, visit optomec.com.
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