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MagLev Aero partners with GE Additive’s AddWorks

To support the development of additive technologies and materials for its proprietary MagLev HyperDrive aero propulsion platform

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MagLev Aero, an aerospace innovator with more than 20 issued patents underpinning a breakthrough propulsion platform that is anticipated to enable the next generation of ultraquiet electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, has selected GE Additive’s AddWorks consultancy team to support the development of additive technologies and materials for its proprietary MagLev HyperDrive aero propulsion platform.

With a novel engineering approach, MagLev Aero is solving critical challenges in urban eVTOL business models, practicality, and deployment. The unique MagLev HyperDrive applies the same fundamental principles that drive ultrafast, ultraquiet, high-efficiency maglev trains – but in a circular rotor. This approach has the potential to deliver less noise, more payload, elevated safety, and compelling industrial design for high-efficiency electric aircraft.

“We’re honored to have been chosen by MagLev Aero,” said David Chapin, GE Additive’s AddWorks engineering leader. “The eVTOL segment is rethinking commercial aerospace, both in terms of business model and technical innovation and creativity, and our team is looking forward to exploring how additive manufacturing can play a role in this emerging industry.”

MagLev Aero partners with GE Additive's AddWorks to support the development of its proprietary MagLev HyperDrive aero propulsion platform.
MagLev Aero and GE Additive executives at Paris Air Mobility at the Paris Air Show.

“This is a major step for MagLev Aero, and we are thrilled to harness the power of GE Additive’s extensive industry experience, cutting-edge metal additive manufacturing techniques, and proven track record of designing and fabricating additive manufactured propulsion components that satisfy the stringent requirements of aerospace certification,” said Ian Randall, co-founder and CEO of MagLev Aero.

MagLev Aero’s propulsion-first business model allows its platform to be integrated into different OEMs’ aircraft concepts and eVTOLs – enabling industrial design elements and use cases previously thought impossible with traditional rotor technology. The first generation of eVTOLs has achieved tremendous milestones – improving the viability of Urban Air Mobility. But the industry, to this point, has yet to solve the critical, real-world challenge of take-off and landing noise. MagLev Aero represents the next generation of electric, ultraquiet, high-performance, and safe vertical lift propulsion that’s necessary to bring clean energy flights to everyday people.

“The MagLev HyperDrive platform represents a transformative step in vertical lift efficiency and aircraft design. By working with AddWorks’ world-class consultants and engineers, we are leveraging advanced technologies and materials to achieve optimal strength and stiffness at the lightest weight on our mission to open up ultraquiet electric air mobility to the masses,” said Rod Randall, co-founder and chairman of MagLev Aero.

MagLev Aero partners with GE Additive's AddWorks to support the development of its proprietary MagLev HyperDrive aero propulsion platform.
Source: MagLev Aero.

GE Additive is one of the first companies to be publicly announced as supporting MagLev Aero – driving the potential of additive manufacturing to unlock a new generation of eVTOL aircraft designs.

The company is actively in talks with major OEMs and is supported by technology investors and industry leaders who have endorsed its innovative approach, including Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Material Impact, Stage 1 Ventures, Grit Capital, and Moai Capital, among others.

In other magnetic, 3D printing-related news, check out VoxelMatters’ interview with Magway, in our recent Automotive AM eBook.

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