Carpenter Technology Corporation, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, and BMT Aerospace International, located in Oostkamp, Belgium, have collaborated in the development of a metal additively manufactured aerospace pinion using Carpenter Technology’s Custom 465® Stainless. BMT Aerospace and its subsidiary BMT Additive initiated the project by partnering with Carpenter Technology to produce a redesigned pinion that would offer the benefits of Additive Manufacturing using high quality material that would attain the high-performance expectations of the application.
“BMT Aerospace strongly believes in the disruptive potential of Additive Manufacturing and its possibilities in aerospace,” stated Ewald Goossens, Business Unit Manager of BMT Additive. “As a small player in the market, we strongly believe in cooperation opportunities like these, where each partner can rely and build on a project, starting from its own expertise. Our specific knowledge in design and manufacturing in aerospace, and our abilities in custom design for metal Additive Manufacturing, are a perfect match with Carpenter Technology’s knowledge of high quality and innovative products.”
According to Carpenter Technology, the cooperation between the two companies has resulted in an optimised and simplified manufacturing process for the aerospace part via AM, and introduces the opportunity to expand Additive Manufacturing part production further across multiple applications. Parts were reportedly additively manufactured by Carpenter Technology’s business unit Carpenter Additive, using its high-strength, Custom 465® Stainless. Design, validation and post-processing for the redesigned pinion were carried out by BMT Aerospace.
Marshall Akins, Carpenter Technology’s Vice President Aerospace Markets, commented, “Collaborations like the one with BMT Aerospace demonstrate how partnerships across raw material, production, validation and design can rapidly bring to commercial reality new parts with next step performance potential. Carpenter Additive’s suite of capabilities presents powerful tools to accelerate our customer’s additive aspirations.”