Aerospace / Propulsion

Aerospace Additive Manufacturing

Proto Precision Additive specializes in a variety of aerospace and propulsion applications to reduce weight, minimize lead-times, reduce part-count, simplify supply-chain and create complex cooling features.

Proto Precision Additive operates in an ITAR complaint facility. All team-members are US citizens.

Rapid Iterations and Supply Chain Simplification

Additive Manufacturing can be used to replace existing gas-turbine hardware to enable rapid design iterations, simplify supply-chains, reduce lead-time and increase engine performance. Additive manufacturing also enables the construction of complicated internal cooling channels and film holes without the cost and timeline required for investment castings and conventional EDM hole drilling.

Design for Additive: Part Consolidation

Re-designing traditionally manufactured sub-assembles specifically for additive manufacturing often enables significant part consolidation and part-count reductions. In designing for additive, many hard to manufacture and assemble pieces are often made in a single additively manufactured part. Designing hardware from the outset for additive manufacturing reduces part-count, assembly costs and sub-assemble related failure modes.

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Successful Combustion Component Design & Production

Proto Precision is well suited to complete additive design simplification and has self-funded a Jet-Cat combustor replacement that simplifies 25 failure-prone combustion pieces into single additively manufactured part.

America Makes Project Call Award Winners

In April of 2018, Proto Precision was formally recognized by America Makes in the area of “Understanding Manufacturing Realities of AM” for our collaboration with The Ohio State University (OSU) Center for Design & Manufacturing Excellence (CDME). This project aims to better “understand the metallurgical defects in multiple laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) systems and apply non-destructive examination (NDE) methods in order to identify potential defects in service.” As single-laser systems have proven to be more costly, a multi-laser approach could be the economical solution moving forward.

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Our Partnership With Ohio State University’s Gas Turbine Laboratory

Proto Precision and the Ohio State University have a continued partnership dedicated to bridging the gap between university research and real world applications. This relationship and our capital investment in advanced 3D printing technologies, provides access to OSU’s Gas Turbine Laboratory, its test facilities and domain-expert faculty and staff.

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