Manufacturing F35 part with AM and CNC machining

A presentation by Michel Honoré, Project Manager R&D Laser AM and Safety at Force Technology, Denmark

Additive manufacturing is not just for reasons of spare parts supply an attractive technology for the defense industry. Also, for building new parts, although there are a lot of challenges. “In a recent project we showed that we can manage these challenges”, says Michel Honoré of the Danish Force Technology institute. In his presentation at the Virtual AM for Defense Conference, Michel Honoré will compare cost and leadtime of an additive manufactured part for the Joint Strike Fighter with the equivalent CNC machined.

Michel Honoré, Project Manager R&D Laser AM and Safety, has quite some experience with metal additive manufacturing. Since 2005, when the graduated engineer with a master’s degree in physics, joined the Danish RTO Force Technology, he is engaged with additive manufacturing. The focus of Force Technology during the last years has been on large scale AM. “With a robot and a multi kW laser source”, Michel Honoré explains. “We manufacture big parts, up to 3 meters in length and 1 metric ton weight.” For producing these kinds of applications, the Danish research institute, that positions itself between the university and the industry, applies a self-developed laser metal deposition system with wire and an industry standard DED-unit that uses powder.
Force Technology project with Danish subcontractors shows the benefits of AM.

He will be speaking at the conference.

Read the complete article in the 3D Print Magazine.

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