Vibrant partners with Airbus to implement 3-D additive manufacturing

Vibrant has announced it is partnering with Airbus to implement its Process Compensated Resonance Testing (PCRT) on additive manufactured Airbus A350 door latch shafts, the company said.

Airbus Helicopters recently shifted from manufacturing the parts via traditional machining to more advanced 3-D printing additive manufacturing. Vibrant´s solution is currently under investigation to allow the aircraft manufacturer to save considerable time and cost while ensuring same quality final products.

Vibrant´s proprietary PCRT measures the resonance frequencies of whole parts, combining the collection of broadband resonance data in the ultrasonic frequency range with advanced pattern recognition to produce an accurate, fast, and automated nondestructive inspection. The pattern recognition and scoring tools return an automated PASS/FAIL result that requires no operator interpretation, allowing for rapid, confident testing.

Running in parallel with Airbus´ current computed tomography (CT) nondestructive inspections and destructive coupon testing, Vibrant will develop a fingerprint to show the similarity of each part to what is qualified as a normal part. Once developed, these baselines will be used by Airbus to test each part after every step of manufacture.

The Vibrant PCRT program will run at Airbus for a six- to eight-month trial period to demonstrate its efficiency, accuracy, and cost-savings.

Vibrant´s whole part inspection approach is changing how aerospace, automotive, and power generation markets conduct nondestructive testing (NDT). The Process Compensated Resonance Testing (PCRT) measures resonance frequencies through whole parts, allowing customers worldwide to test every part and significantly increase final product quality.