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VM Podcast S2E7, Oerlikon AM enters a new phase for space parts production

We discuss the latest Paris Air Show announcements with the Chairman and the CTO of the aerospace AM leader

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In this episode of the VM Podcast, we discuss two of the biggest additive manufacturing-related announcements coming from the Paris Air Show: Oerlikon revealed it worked with Airbus to industrialize the AM process for serial production of antenna clusters, which resulted in a €3.8 million contract to additively manufacture these satellite components. In addition, ⁠Oerlikon AM⁠ and ArianeGroup signed a €900,000 order for the production of 3D printed sets of heat exchangers for the upcoming Ariane 6 rocket launcher.

With these two major and highly strategic announcements, Oerlikon is consolidating its leadership in advancing metal AM part production for aero and space applications. The Swiss company is investing millions of dollars in developing a strong metal AM service offer that can cater to the extreme requirements of companies such as Airbus and ArianeGroup, even for the most safety-critical parts.

VM Podcast S02E07, Oerlikon AM enters a new phase for space parts production and we discuss the latest Paris Air Show announcements

Most refreshingly, Executive Chairman Dr. Michael Suess’ true passion for the possibilities that AM can offer is very much aligned with a realistic approach to developing the AM ecosystem. His goal is to make sure that the company will be ready to fully benefit from the opportunities that will inevitably continue to arise in the near-, medium- and long-term future. And to achieve this, CTO Dr. Sven Hicken is running “a $100 million dollar a year R&D program for metal powder, coatings, digitalization and AM” that will continue to position Oerlikon as the one go-to AM company for all major players in aerospace and beyond, generating more revenues per year from metal AM part production than just about any other company.

As exclusive guests of the VoxelMatters Podcast, Executive Chairman Dr. Michael Seuss and CTO of Surface Solutions Sven Hicken talk about the present and future implications of these deals for Oerlikon and the entire AM industry.

 

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