(Lupburg/Frankfurt/M., 29.11.2019) At Formnext 2019, the leading trade show focused on Additive Manufacturing and cutting-edge manufacturing solutions, FIT Additive Manufacturing Group has put on display the state of the art of AM. Successful use cases with well-renowned partners such as Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), ArianeGroup, HAUNI Group, and many more show the uncontestable breakthrough benefit AM may bring about when a concertive approach unites additive design, development, and production.
„Innovation“ and „additive volume manufacturing“ were the key topics FIT focused upon during Formnext 2019. To this goal, the German technology leader showcased the latest AM technologies as well as post-processing technologies which will allow to create 3D printed components totally differently, less costly, much faster, and with better quality. Selected examples were an additive alternative to copper injection molding, a revolutionary AM solution for the highly economic production of metal parts, a world-first solution for innovating the construction industry, and computer-assisted solutions to reduce engineering and development costs. „During the past 12 months we have, again, invested a multimillion EUR to continue to keep the pole position in the development and manufacturing of highly innovative AM components“, said Carl Fruth, CEO at FIT AG.
Additive manufacturing beyond prototyping
Whereas the manufacture of prototypes and production tools still is of great interest to FIT, AM of individual parts as well as serial end-use components is hugely gaining importance in many verticals. FIT proved the state of progress and its benefits by a brimming number of successful applications ranging from aviation and aerospace to automotive industries – with hyper sports car and concept car components – to special machinery and MedTech.
Optimized titanium satellite bracket
In close collaboration with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), FIT has developed an innovative star tracker bracket that holds an optical device for controlling and steering the exact position of a satellite in orbit. Currently, such a bracket consists of 56 different and a total of 360 individual parts; an integrated cooling circuit prevents it from deformation by the heat of the sunbeams which would make the exact positioning of the satellite impossible. It also has to withstand 20 G acceleration force in all directions during rocket launch. The additive redesign led to a significant reduction of component complexity as well as a weight reduction of 50 %. The very hard requirements of the European standards and guidelines for the aerospace industry have been fully met.
Rocket engine fluid manifold
Ariane 6 is modular, flexible, and competitive and will be the optimum launch solution for commercial and institutional customers for the 2020 time frame. This new launcher – developed by ArianeGroup and its European industrial partners – combines proven solutions with innovation in order to address the changing needs of the market. It is based on the RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety) approach, the overall goal is to achieve production costs 40 to 50 % lower than those of Ariane 5. FIT and ArianeGroup are currently developing a cost-effective and 100 % reliable solution based on Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) for the serial manufacturing of the rocket engine fluid manifold in Ariane's Vulcain 2 rocket engine. Due to this comprehensive solution, the two main benefits of a significantly higher performance and a clear cost reduction with respect to the serial manufacturing of the component will be achieved.
FIT showed its visitors how to make money with AM
Visitors were invited to learn all about the comprehensive service portfolio of FIT and manufacturing options and perspectives from the many inspiring demonstrators on display at the booth. In the discussion area, an interested and already well-informed audience had the opportunity to talk to the engineering and manufacturing experts at FIT about facts and figures relevant for real business success with AM. "Beyond fascinating technological aspects, Formnext is a perfect platform for us to carefully listen to our customers, to understand their challenges, and to develop the precise business opportunities AM will mean for them", said Oliver Cynamon, Head of Marketing at FIT. "After all, once the hype is over, it's all about making money using AM. It's getting serious now."
About FIT Additive Manufacturing Group
The FIT Additive Manufacturing Group is an international leading industry partner in the field of Additive Manufacturing. As a technology pioneer with around 25 years of experience, the company develops and manufactures prototypes, production tools, 3D printed spare parts, as well as additively manufactured end components for a rich variety of verticals. The AM expert makes the entire chain of 3D printing available, from additive design and engineering through to production and professional finishing options. In addition, FIT also provides numerous conventional technologies such as CNC-milling, injection molding, vacuum casting, or elastomer manufacturing. Group revenue in 2018 was around EUR 25 million. FIT Additive Manufacturing Group currently employs 280 people, most of them at the company's headquarters in Lupburg, Germany, but also in Brasov (Romania), Zhukovsky (Russian Federation), as well as in Nagoya (Japan), and Peoria (USA). www.fit.technology
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