BAE Systems has signed a deal with a 3D Printing specialist, Renishaw to improve manufacturing processes for combat aircraft systems.
With the application of industrial 3D printing, this collaboration aims to improve performance, reduce costs and speed up the production of such aircraft systems, ultimately advancing novel technology in the defense and aerospace sector. Andy Schofield, Manufacturing & Materials Strategy and Technology Director for BAE Systems, explained:
“This agreement allows us to create a more open and collaborative environment to share ideas and knowledge. In an environment of fast-developing technology and challenged budgets, collaboration and innovation are absolutely essential in order to retain cutting edge capability. I’m really excited by the potential this partnership has to help us deliver that.”
As a result of its latest agreement with Renishaw, the BAE Systems facility in Samlesbury, Lancashire, has installed several Renishaw additive manufacturing systems to form a 1000 square meter area dedicated to New Product Development & Process Development Centre (NPPDC). This includes Virtual Reality (VR) and metal 3D printing technologies for aircraft design and manufacture.
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