PrintSky joins Collins Aerospace project to develop AM actuation systems

September 29, 2022

PrintSky, a French joint venture between Sogeclair and AddUp specialised in developing and additively manufacturing complex metal components, has been selected by Collins Aerospace to participate in its research programme for a new generation of flight actuation. PrintSky will bring to this project its experience in design, manufacturing and qualification of Additive Manufacturing parts in the aerospace industry.

An electromechanical actuation is a complex system integrating various components (sensors, engines, etc). The structure of these actuation systems – designed and manufactured by PrintSky – is meant to ensure several functions: to resist mechanical loads, to dissipate the heat emitted by the components or to be tight and insensible to electromagnetic disturbances. Given the complexity and criticality of this structure, the company found it an interesting subject for Additive Manufacturing.

“Thanks to our technologies, we can optimise the structure of the actuation system and integrate multi-physical functions such as a heater and other peripheral parts,” stated Nicolas Correge, New Technologies Manager, Sogeclair, and Manager, PrintSky.

PrintSky relies on Additive Manufacturing technologies developed and manufactured in France by AddUp. Using this technology, the company produces complex geometrical parts that are less bulky, lighter and made of durable materials.

Correge continued, “PrintSky offers a multifunctional solution for new generation equipment such as heat exchangers and electromechanical components so as to contribute to the transformation of the aeronautics industry and meet decarbonation challenges.”

Supported by the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) as part of the France Relance initiative, the Collins Aerospace research programme focuses on developing new technologies for a more sustainable aviation by 2030.

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