Through our subsidiary Avioprop, Avio Aero operates in the development and production of components in advanced materials such as titanium, titanium aluminide (TiAl) and cobalt chrome (CoCr), using EBM (Electron Beam Melting) and DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) techniques.
By using these techniques, metal objects are produced directly from CAD data without any auxiliary equipment. The parts are constructed layer on layer starting with a layer of powder, which is preheated and then fused using either an electron beam in a vacuum (EBM) or a high-power laser (DMLS).
The system allows us to create complex geometrical shapes, many of which would be not be possible using traditional manufacturing methods. They also allow us to carry out checks and approvals in a fast and efficient way, without resorting to costly procedures.
Using these methods, fusion is not achieved using a ceramic mould, hence it is not necessary to carry out dematerialisation and chemical milling processes. This allows us to further reduce development and production times.
For the same reason, we can obtain much thinner fusions of 0.8-1mm thickness compared with traditional manufacturing. Time-to-market is reduced from months to just a few days, giving Avio Aero the flexibility to produce tailored solution for all projects. All materials that are not fused are recycled.
The components produced can be treated with conventional polishing techniques (manual and ultrasound), precision turning, and laser welding, to name but a few.
These technologies and materials are suitable for the production of components for combustors, turbine aerofoils and subsystems exposed to high temperatures .Our work in the e-Manufacturing sector allows us to manufacture products for the motor racing sector (hydraulics, pneumatics, suspension and aerodynamic components), and the medical sector, producing artificial hips in titanium.
Avio Aero offers the following e-manufacturing services: