The Center for Additive Technologies of Rostec State Corporation has put into operation 24 new pieces of equipment for the manufacture of aircraft engine parts using industrial 3D printing. This will increase production by 261% in 2021. The center also received the status of a full-cycle service company, which allows organizing serial production of products for the latest domestic aircraft engines, including the PD-14.
The new equipment includes SLM metal powder printing units. This is a technology based on the complete melting of particles, followed by the creation of monolithic parts. This technology minimizes the risk of microcracking caused by porosity of structures and increases the strength of the product in comparison with traditional casting processes.
“Additive technologies can reduce costs and reduce parts’ weight by up to 50% while maintaining strength characteristics. The use of components made by industrial 3D printing in aircraft engines makes it possible to accelerate development and production, as well as improve the characteristics of domestic aircraft. Today, the Center for Additive Technologies is one of the 20 largest enterprises of its type in the world alongside projects of the world's largest aircraft manufacturers. Due to the provision of new equipment, the design capacity of the Center for Additive Technologies increased by 261% and the enterprise acquired the status of a full-cycle service company. At the new facilities, we plan to produce components of the latest Russian aircraft engines by serial methods”, said Vladislav Kochkurov, General Director of Rostec’s Center for Additive Technologies.