Materials Solutions Ltd – A Siemens Business (MSL), based in Worcester, UK, has become the first UK company to receive Nadcap accreditation for Additive Manufacturing for the aerospace industry. The company has been providing additively manufactured parts and components to the aerospace industry since its inception in 2006.
The business primarily uses Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) for the production of high-performance metal parts, from high-temperature components for gas turbines and jet engines to tooling applications, as well as lightweight structural components and hydraulic applications.
The company has grown substantially in the past twelve months, moving into new facilities and increasing the number of printers and types of materials it processes as it looks towards serial production and the industrialisation of Additive Manufacturing. In addition to the aerospace industry, MSL supplies to a wide range of sectors including oil and gas, power generation, the tooling and process industries and motorsport.
Phil Hatherley, General Manager, Materials Solutions Ltd, stated, “The team are specialists in using Additive Manufacturing technology to solve complex engineering challenges for our customers. We knew that in order to deliver the highest quality parts for the aerospace sector we needed to get the Nadcap accreditation to show we were serious about working in the sector. We want to be able to shift the perception of 3D printing from being a technology associated with prototyping to a viable option for the serial production of additively manufactured parts for a heavily regulated sector.”
The National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap) recognises companies which have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer and industry specifications. Nadcap accreditation has long been incorporated by the aerospace industry into its risk mitigation activity, as it validates compliance to industry standards, best practices and customer requirements.