MAN Diesel & Turbo is now equipping gas turbines with 3D-printed components. CEO, Dr Uwe Lauber, commented: “As of now, we are the first manufacturer in the world to use complex 3D-printed metallic components not only for test runs but also for serial production. After a decade of research and development we are proud that we have been able to make this significant step forward. The future technology of 3D printing allows us to offer our customers even better products.”
Dr Roland Herzog, Head of Material Technology in the Strategic Business Unit Turbomachinery: “Additive manufacturing offers huge potential for our product range, especially when it comes to the production of gas turbine components. Additively manufactured guide vane segments that we are now incorporating into our type MGT6100 gas turbines have proven particularly suitable. The approval for serial production is the result of intense cooperation with highly specialised suppliers and development partners such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology,” explained Herzog.
In order to exploit the potential of the technology even further, MAN Diesel & Turbo is currently investing in the “MAN Center for Additive Manufacturing,” a product and location-independent expert centre based at the company’s turbomachinery works in Oberhausen. Design specialists, materials experts and production engineers come together at “MANCAM” to extend the benefits of additive manufacturing to further components and products, for example compressor impellers or fuel nozzles for engines.
Herzog added: “We are currently investing some €2.6 million in order to utilise the numerous benefits of additive manufacturing along the whole value chain. As well as shortened development cycles, 3D printing gives more freedom for innovative, superior component designs, reduces production and delivery times and enables us service-wise to produce spare parts on call.”
Lauber, CEO and Chief Technology Officer, added: “The standardised use of additive manufacturing is a strategic milestone for MAN Diesel & Turbo. 3D printing gives us clear competitive advantages in terms of our products supporting the decarbonisation of industry and power generation. The techniques considerably reduce the path from an innovative design to a finished product. The digital data from our R&D departments can be converted into better products more quickly than before, while customers are supported throughout the entire product lifecycle with 3D-printing-based services.”
Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, covers a range of innovative production processes, the potential of which is currently being investigated and developed in various industries, including machine and vehicle manufacturing, the aerospace industry and medical technology. There are now processes which enable 3D printing based on metallic materials.
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