GKN Aerospace, a supplier to the aerospace industry, has purchased two industrial metal 3D printers from Nikon SLM Solutions. The two NXG XII 600 systems operate with 12 lasers and can specialize in processing In718 and Ti64, respectively.
“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 operates 38 manufacturing facilities in 12 countries worldwide, supplying over 90% of global aircraft and engine manufacturers. For over two decades, the company has been at the forefront of additive manufacturing technology, reflecting its continued dedication to innovation and sustainability in the aerospace industry.
With this new partnership, GKN Aerospace and Nikon SLM Solutions are positioning themselves at the forefront of advances in 3D printing for aerospace, with both companies working together to shape the next generation of sustainable and efficient engine solutions.