First day of the Paris Airshow, and new partnerships already pop up in the aerospace industry. The first partnership in this vein is the one of Oerlikon and MT Aerospace. Both companies will enable aerospace customers to leverage additive manufacturing technology. The announcement follows Oerlikon facility grand opening in Huntersville.

Bionically optimized bracket for possible space application, © Oerlikon AM

With notable reputation in the aerospace industry, their combined expertise will bring efficiency and costs savings in customers’ activities. Oerlikon has a long experience in the use of AM for aerospace. Boeing, Lufthansa’ MRO services, are a few examples of companies that benefited from the Metal AM service provider’s expertise. As for MT Aerospace, the company is acknowledged for the development and manufacturing of key components for the ARIANE European launch system, the Airbus fleet, space vehicles and satellites. MT Aerospace specializes in the manufacture of lightweight structures using metal and composite materials.

The companies contribute their respective expertise in component design and manufacturing, as well as component testing and qualification, to offer customers a “one-stop-shop” from product specification to a finished, qualified part,” said Hans J. Steininger, Chief Executive Officer of MT Aerospace AG, a subsidiary of Bremen-based space company OHB SE.

Additive manufactured inter-locking end fitting for load introduction into a hybrid driveshaft, © Oerlikon AM

Through this partnership, we look forward to continuing to lead innovation and digitization trends in the aerospace industry by accelerating and scaling up the process from concept to operational delivery,” said Prof. Dr. Michael Suess, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oerlikon. “To advance the application of additive manufacturing, collaboration with key players like MT Aerospace is essential. We are looking forward to bringing more additively manufactured parts to aerospace.”

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