Optomec, a metallic additive manufacturing firm primarily based in New Mexico, has revealed that over 10 million turbine blades have been refurbished or repaired utilizing its metallic 3D printing know-how. The corporate realized the milestone after conducting a survey of over 100 buyer installations utilizing its metallic AM methods for gasoline turbine part restore.
“We’re actually excited to achieve this necessary milestone for each the additive manufacturing section and, extra necessary, for our gasoline turbine clients,” stated Mike Dean, Advertising and marketing Director at Optomec. “Chances are high that in case you fly a lot, you’ve most likely flown with an engine that was maintained with an Optomec laser cladder.”
Optomec’s laser cladding know-how is probably the most extensively adopted within the trade and has obtained approval for aviation upkeep operations throughout 15 international locations. The know-how is predicated on a directed vitality deposition (DED) course of and has AM and exhausting going through purposes for compressor and turbine blades, IBRs, blisks, vanes and varied engine elements.
Along with its 5-axis Laser Cladder, Optomec clients have additionally adopted its LENS metal AM systems. Over 100 of those two DED-based applied sciences have been put in at buyer amenities, together with these of main gasoline turbine OEMs within the aviation and vitality markets and third get together Upkeep, Restore and Overhaul (MRO) outlets.
These clients commonly use Optomec’s methods for repairing turbine blade suggestions, seals and put on surfaces, compressor blades, vanes, shrouds and different excessive worth elements. The corporate’s DED-based methods supply a number of advantages, together with propriety imaginative and prescient and adaptive management software program, managed inert environment processing for superior metallurgy, turnkey restore course of recipes and automation options which unlock superior productiveness. Furthermore, the corporate says the ROI for its equipment is in extra of 180%.
Final November, Optomec celebrated one other key milestone: the set up of its 500th industrial 3D printer, which was bought by GE.