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A 63% Lighter Titanium Aerospace Part with Materialise

 A 63% Lighter Titanium Aerospace Part with Materialise - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Analytics & Modeling - Digital Twin / Simulation
Applicable Industries
  • Aerospace
Applicable Functions
  • Process Manufacturing
Services
  • Software Design & Engineering Services
The Challenge

Reduce the weight of a metal bracket, without compromising strength

About The Customer

GE Aviation, a subsidiary of General Electric, is headquartered in Evendale, Ohio, outside Cincinnati. GE Aviation is among the top aircraft engine suppliers and offers engines for the majority of commercial aircraft. GE Aviation is part of the General Electric conglomerate, which is one of the world's largest corporations. The division operated under the name of General Electric Aircraft Engines (GEAE) until September 2005. GE Aviation's main competitors in the engine market are Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce.

Not only does GE Aviation manufacture engines under its own umbrella, but it also partners with other manufacturers. CFM International, the world’s leading supplier of aircraft engines and GE’s most successful partnership, is a 50/50 joint venture with the French company Safran Aircraft Engines. As of 2019, CFM International holds 39% of the world's commercial aircraft engine market share (while GE Aviation itself holds a further 16%). GE and Safran also operate another joint venture, CFM Materials.

The Customer

GE Aviation

The Solution

Create cellular structures

With Materialise software that is perfectly compatible with simulation and analysis software, you can create strong and light industrial metal parts. This aerospace part was 3D printed in Titanium at our metal competence center in Bremen, with a 63% weight reduction compared to the traditionally manufactured part.

Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Production]

    The total amount of material was reduced by 63%

Quantitative Benefit
  • Sacrificial supports were replaced by functional lightweight structures

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