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The World’s First 3D Printed Jet Engine; Spectacular proof of concept has aerospace companies lining up - 2015 March  #6-2

picture of the 3D printed jet engine on display 

Image: The 3D printed jet engine on display. Credit: MCAM

Made in Melbourne and on display at the Avalon International Airshow
February 26, 2015: Monash University researchers along with collaborators from CSIRO and Deakin University have printed a jet engine. In fact Monash and their spin-out company Amaero, have printed two engines. One is on display this week at the International Air Show in Avalon, while the second is displayed in Toulouse at the French aerospace company Microturbo (Safran).
The engines are a proof of concept that’s led to tier one aerospace companies lining up to develop new components at the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing in Melbourne, Australia. And the project has created advanced manufacturing opportunities for Australian businesses large and small.
Microturbo (Safran) provided an older - though still in service - gas turbine engine. It’s an auxiliary power unit used in aircraft
such as the Falcon 20 and was chosen because Microturbo (Safran) was willing for the internal workings to be displayed.
“It was our chance to prove what we could do,” says Professor Xinhua Wu, the director of the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing. “But when we reviewed the plans we realised that the engine had evolved over years of manufacture. So we took the engine to pieces and scanned the components. Then we printed two copies.” It was a complex project that took a year, with funding from Monash University, the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF), and others.
“Xinhua and her Monash team have demonstrated their mastery of additive manufacturing in metal. The partnership with Microturbo (Safran) is a success story that was recognised last year when Safran gave the team its Prize ‘Innovation for Product and Technology’ for the excellent work carried out in partnership with Microturbo and the University of Birmingham. Monash and AMAERO are already key partners for our new developments and we are keen to have their help in developing new technologies for our future engines,” says Jean-François Rideau, head of R&T from Microturbo (Safran).
“The project is a spectacular proof of concept that’s leading to significant contracts with aerospace companies. It was a challenge for the team and pushed the technology to new heights of success - no one has printed an entire engine commercially yet,” says Ben Batagol, of Amaero Engineering, the company created by Monash University to make the technology available to Australian industry.
“Australia’s manufacturing industries need access to the latest technologies to stay competitive,” says Professor Ian Smith, Monash University’s Vice Provost for Research and Research Infrastructure. “This Centre allows them to rapidly prototype metal devices across a wide range of industries. It’s part of a large integrated suite of facilities for research and industry at Monash,” he says.
The Centre, AMAERO and the jet engine project have been supported by the Australian government via the Australian Research Council (ARC), the CRC program, Commercialisation Australia, the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF); Monash University and Safran.
Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
3D printing has been used since the 1980s by the aerospace industry, usually to produce prototypes. With more complex, expensive printing machines being built in recent years (such as those with lasers to melt metal powders, used by MCAM), more opportunities for different materials and therefore different applications are opening up. Printing in metals has its challenges, including the high temperatures required and safety issues that accompany them.
A SmarTech report (smartechpublishing.com/blog/white-paper-additive-manufacturing-in-aerospace-strategic-implications) suggested the main benefits to the aerospace industry are: reduction in lead time, which is the time between the beginning and completion of a project/process; reducing the weight of parts; reducing operational and production costs; and reducing impact on the environment from production processes, though the actualities may not meet some expectations.
Some designs that might require multiple parts to be created and then fused are able to be printed in one piece, and designs easily tweaked. Materials waste can reportedly be reduced by as much as 90%, which means a significant savings when using expensive materials such as titanium. There is also the benefit of being able to print parts on an as-needed basis rather than stockpiling replacements, and cutting the need for moulds and tools.
Professor Xinhua Wu
Director of the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals, Professor Xinhua Wu brings extensive expertise to the work. Her history includes collaboration with Rolls-Royce, the European Space Agency, Airbus and Bombardier. And she has big plans for Australia’s aerospace industry.
“A lot of global companies are slow to consider Australia due to its remoteness from the major manufacturing centres, but there is a lot of impressive research being conducted by exceptional researchers,” Wu says.
Web links: Amaero: www.amaero.com.au ; Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing: platforms.monash.edu/mcam ; Safran: www.safran-group.com ; ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals:
www.arclightmetals.org.au/index.html
(source: www.scienceinpublic.com.au/media-releases/monash-avalonairshow-2015#more-20018)

 

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