MTU Aero Engines highlights additive manufacturing as process for future

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In the run up to Laser World of Photonics, Messe München has released a video showing the laser processes used at aeronautics company MTU Aero Engines. The Munich-based aircraft engine manufacturer relies on the laser for drilling air holes in its turbine blades, as well as additive manufacturing to construct complex components.

MTU Aero Engines is a partner in numerous commercial engine programmes, including engines for Airbus and Boeing. It is working to develop additive manufacturing processes to build lightweight parts, shorten production times and reduce cost.

Aeronautics has embraced metal additive manufacturing, with Airbus printing titanium parts and GE acquiring AM systems producer Concept Laser and Arcam in October 2016 to further its aerospace activities.

Laser World of Photonics, which will take place in Munich, Germany from 26 to 29 June, will have a focus on laser material processing and additive manufacturing, according to Katja Stolle, exhibition director for Messe München.

View the video here.

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