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Safran inaugurates the Safran Additive Manufacturing Campus

A new center of excellence for AM

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After a short delay due to the COVID pandemic, the Safran Additive Manufacturing Campus, the Group’s new center of excellence in this advanced technology, located in Le Haillan, near Bordeaux in southwest France, was inaugurated today by Ross McInnes, Chairman of the Safran Board of Directors, and Olivier Andriès, Chief Executive Officer, in a ceremony attended by Roland Lescure, French Minister of Industry and Alain Rousset, President of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region of southwest France.

Safran’s new 12,500 square meter facility groups all processes needed to make parts using additive manufacturing, from research and development to engineering and production. Already more than 100 world-class scientists, engineers and technicians work in the facility to produce parts for the whole group using state-of-the-art installations, especially 3D printers that use 3D digital models to turn metallic powders into aircraft and engine parts.

The Safran Additive Manufacturing Campus is the Group’s new center of excellence in AM, located in Le Haillan, near Bordeaux

Additive manufacturing delivers real benefits to aviation because it allows the production of parts that were impossible to make with other methods, often combining several functions in a single piece. Additive Manufacturing is also an eco-friendly process because it limits the consumption of both raw materials and energy, while significantly reducing weight, thus cutting fuel consumption and contributing to the decarbonization of aviation which is Safran’s top priority. In addition, additive manufacturing reduces machining time, which boosts competitiveness.

The first one thousand 3D printed parts from the Safran Additive Manufacturing Campus have been delivered to Safran Helicopter Engines since June 2022. The Campus aims to deliver a total of 4,000 parts this year and then double that figure in 2023.

“We made a strategic decision to create this new center of excellence to consolidate Safran’s expertise in additive manufacturing and accelerate the application of this disruptive technology,” said Olivier Andries, CEO of Safran. “We will be leveraging the advantages of this technology to make our new products even lighter, while enhancing their performance – and that’s the key to meeting our industry’s objective of reducing its environmental impact. A quarter of the parts in some of our engines could eventually be made using this process.”

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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