The Selective Laser Melting (SLM) process provides huge advantages for aircraft components like valve blocks and structural parts. In this project funded by the BMWi – “Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy”, the benefits of substituting conventionally manufactured parts by additively manufactured parts will be examined and quantified. The scopes are reducing costs, weight and time in comparison to the traditional design and the conventional manufacturing method.
The aim is to develop a decision support scheme for future applications during the product engineering process and to elaborate the fundamentals for an Additive Manufacturing material database based on lightweight and composite structures, besides solid material properties. Moreover, investigations working on improving the process through topology optimization, which includes increasing the building speed of the SLM process and to develop fast and stable process routes that can be used for serial production, will be acquired. The intention is to reduce the processing time in every stage of the process chain, particularly in the Additive Manufacturing process.
The project is divided into two work packages, the first work package works on identifying promising aircraft components and to adapt a trade-off methodology to rank these parts. According to this trade-off methodology, a decision scheme for future decisions will be developed with a complete description of process chain mapping possibilities and influencing factors for the process.