5518.001 Large Area Additive Manufacturing for Jointless Hypersonic Application Development


GE Additive’s ATLAS laser powder bed fusion platform enables rapid design-build-test cycles to produce larger jointless designs required for hypersonic applications.

Metal laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) is beneficial to key aerospace and defense industries by enabling geometric designs otherwise impossible to achieve with traditional manufacturing methodologies. While capable of building complex thin walls and internal passages, LPBF is limited by relatively small build volumes, so aerospace and defense suppliers require part joining in order to fabricate a final component. These joining operations involve additional manufacturing steps—including tooling, post processing, and inspections as well as the associated development and validation of those processes—resulting in increased cost, weight, part defects, and lead times.

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