Concept Laser, a GE Additive company based in Germany, and Lauak Group, an aeronautical company based in France, have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to launch an alliance that will advance additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry, the companies said.
Lauak will invest in Concept Laser additive machines as a reference customer for Concept Laser technology. Also, Concept Laser will work closely with Lauak to implement additive processes and design new products.
Concept Laser will support Lauak during the implementation phase of the equipment into its manufacturing process. Lauak will also present the Concept Laser machine to reference customers in its showroom, including the presentation of test objects for demonstration purposes. Concept Laser and Lauak will collaborate to redesign components from the Lauak portfolio.
Additive manufacturing (also called 3D printing) involves taking digital designs from computer aided design (CAD) software, and building them on an additive machine, layer by layer from metal powder.
Additive components are typically lighter, more durable and more efficient than traditional casting and forged parts because they can be made as one piece, requiring less welds, joints and assembly. Because additive parts are essentially “grown” from the ground up, they generate far less waste material. Freed of traditional manufacturing restrictions, additive manufacturing dramatically expands the design possibilities for engineers.
Concept Laser is one of the world´s leading providers of machine technology for the 3D printing of metal components. In December 2016, GE acquired a 75% stake in Concept Laser, making it a GE Additive company.
Lauak is a manufacturer of aircraft parts and structures, holding a Part 21 subpart G approval. The company was founded in 1975 and is today one of the major direct subcontractors for detail parts, sub-assemblies and assemblies for the aerospace industry.