BAE Systems has approved an alliance to work with Renishaw. The two firms will work together on the advancement of 3D printing potential. This includes additive manufacturing for the aerospace and defense industry. This is intended to assist enhance performance, decrease costs and expedite production procedures on warfare aircraft of the prospect.
The MoU sets the framework for the firms to bring together their skills in 3D printing. The aim is to maximize the use of this innovative emerging production method. Also, the agreement paves the way for more opportunities for development and joint research.
This MoU was approved by Andy Schofield, the Manufacturing & Materials Strategy & Technology Director for BAE Systems. It was also signed by Will Lee, the Chief Executive, Renishaw. The signing was done during a tour to BAE Systems’ manufacturing offices in Samlesbury, Lancashire.
The location is now home to many Renishaw developed 3D printing devices that comprise of a section of a 1,000 sq m. This is committed to New Product Development & Process Development Centre (NPPDC). It is where the newest developing technologies and procedures like AM and Virtual Reality are examined. It is also where they are tested for usage into aircraft design and production.
Ventures into technologies such as those offered by Renishaw will assist BAE Systems to stay at the lead of aerospace manufacturing. They help exploit the newest technologies and procedures to constantly enhance their improved production potential.
BAE Systems started research into 3D printing methods over two decades ago. They are presently utilizing the technology to create manufacturing standard parts for the Typhoon fighter aircraft.
Also, it is used in the rapid prototyping of the latest technology concept. This is a section of an approach to deliver Tempest. This is a competent, cheap and exportable next-generation future battle air system.
“Additive manufacturing has and will continue to deliver significant benefits to our sector. Renishaw is a world leader in additive manufacturing and we have been impressed with the quality of parts produced on its machines. 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,” said Andy Schofield.
“We have a great relationship already with BAE Systems, developed over many years through the application of our metrology products and have more recently worked with them on evaluating and understanding the performance envelope of our AM systems.
“We are delighted that they have been impressed with our systems and this, together with our vision for AM development, has led to the strengthening of our collaboration. We look forward to the exciting opportunities that this strategic collaboration presents to further develop AM technologies for demanding aerospace production applications,” stated Will Lee.
This MoU with Renishaw is the latest in several partnerships BAEsystems have formed around business and academia. This is a major part of its approach to offer more potential and faster through working with experts.