GKN Aerospace has selected Nikon SLM Solutions to supply state-of-the-art additive manufacturing machines, accelerating its industrialization of ground-breaking sustainable aero engine solutions.
Nikon SLM Solutions’ NXG XII 600's extensive printing area and 12 lasers perfectly align with GKN Aerospace's vision to produce large parts with high productivity. Two systems have been ordered, one to be used with In718 and another for Ti64. This partnership marks a significant step forward in revolutionizing the aerospace industry, offering more reliable and sustainable alternatives to traditional castings and forgings.
"Partnering with Nikon SLM Solutions is a key milestone in our journey to create better, more sustainable aerospace products," stated Martin Thordén, VP of Permanova, the newly formed business unit for material solutions within GKN Aerospace. "This collaboration provides us access to cutting-edge additive manufacturing capabilities necessary to propel us towards our net zero ambition."
“Nikon SLM Solutions is honoured to join forces with GKN Aerospace. Integrating our NXG XII 600 system symbolizes the future of aerospace, driven by leading-edge technology. As we step into this pivotal phase, our joint capabilities will undoubtedly set new benchmarks in aerospace manufacturing." - Sam O'Leary, CEO of Nikon SLM Solutions.
GKN Aerospace is a world-leading aerospace supplier with 38 manufacturing facilities in 12 countries, catering to over 90% of global aircraft and engine manufacturers. It has been a leader in additive manufacturing technology for more than two decades, reflecting its dedication to sustainability and innovation in the aerospace industry.