FIT AG, Lupburg, Germany, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Turkish Aerospace, Ankara, Turkey, in which both parties have declared the intention to work closely in the research and development of Additive Manufacturing and products which leverage the companies’ respective strengths.
Turkish Aerospace recently announced that it intended to expand its R&D efforts on rapidly-developing aerospace technologies, leading it naturally to AM, which it has pinpointed as having innovative, technological and commercial potential. This MoU unites Turkish Aerospace with FIT AG, whose subsidiary FIT Production is ISO-9100 certified for aerospace, in order to allow for the mutual transfer of knowledge on aerospace and Additive Manufacturing and additive design.
The goal of this collaboration is to develop improvements in design and production in order to quickly implement high-tech products with high added value. In joint studies, optimised design and manufacturing processes are to be developed to create innovative structural components for flying parts in aircraft, drones and satellites that cannot be produced conventionally.
FIT and Turkish Aerospace will actively cooperate in both Lupburg and Ankara on topics of certification, manufacturing, and development of new AM technologies. Research priorities include technology development, evaluation of AM processes, engineering proficiency, and qualification of materials. As a result, the availability of innovative components and spare parts can be increased, while realising cost and quality effects.
“We highly appreciate the cooperation with Turkish Aerospace. This partnership will allow us to increase our expertise in the aerospace sector,” stated Carl Fruth, founder and CEO of FIT AG.
FIT and Turkish Aerospace have worked together previously: FIT, together with Turkish Aerospace, developed a new type of mechanical component for the next-generation satellite platforms. FIT and Turkish Aerospace are also active partners in EU-funded research programmes, such as the COFUND project of EKTAM (Additive Manufacturing Technologies Application and Research Center of Gazi University), wherein FIT provides doctoral students with its machine capacities for research purposes. In other funded projects, the companies are collaborating on the topic of microsatellites.
“Since we have been working together on joint projects for years, it is a privilege to develop and create such a cooperation with FIT AG,” added Prof Dr Temel Kotil, president and CEO at Turkish Aerospace. “As Turkish Aerospace, we will keep adding new perspectives and we will ensure the complete process chain using additive technologies within global standards.“