Aerospace and defence systems manufacturer Safran is adding a new BeAM Additive Manufacturing machine to its Research & Technology department. The metal powder deposition system from BeAM can be used for the production of components as well as performing repairs to existing structures.
The purchase follows an ‘Open-Innovation’ collaboration between the two companies where the first series of tests were carried out in 2014 to allow the validation of BeAM’s technology to be used in several of Safran’s subsidiaries.
“We have proved the feasibility during the test series since 2014, and we are now industrialising the process. Additive Manufacturing is the future of the manufacturing industry, and that is why the Safran group would like to be a leading actor,” stated Thierry Thomas, Safran’s Additive Manufacturing VP.
“The work done with the Safran’s Open Innovation team allowed us to spare precious time to get fast industrial results for the benefit of both Safran and BeAM. Thus making the adoption of this technology a lot faster as many barriers have been eliminated. This purchase by an important industrial group like Safran is for BeAM a proof of confidence that demonstrates the industrial quality of our machines and their innovative potential,” added Emmanuel Laubriat, BeAM’s CEO and co-founder.
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