Aciturri integrates additive manufacturing technology
Aciturri Aeronáutica has created Aciturri Additive Manufacturing with the goal of integrating the design and development of products through the use of additive manufacturing technologies into its activities.
This decision is in response to the strategic objective defined by the Company of incorporating the different manufacturing technologies present on the market and investigating their application in the near future with airworthy parts in structures - wing, fuselage, rudders, etc. - as well as in aircraft engines. Aciturri currently uses this technology in the production of tooling and in certain components, in the fabrication of functional prototypes that make it possible to anticipate the incorporation of improvements into the production process.
Over the next five years, 12 million euros will be invested in this industrial project, creating between 15 and 20 high-qualification jobs.
The goals of the new company also include testing and implementing new management and production formulas associated with the industry 4.0 concept.
To develop this new project, Aciturri has reached an agreement with PRODINTEC, a Technology Center with more than ten years’ experience in additive manufacture, which will act as a technological partner. Aciturri Additive Manufacturing will have a single work center at the PRODINTEC facility in Gijón (Principality of Asturias), where the technology center already has additive manufacturing to create parts out of a wide variety of materials and a team of professionals with the necessary knowledge to exploit the potential of this technology.
Additive manufacturing technology - also known as 3D printing - makes it possible to produce components starting from a 3D model, without the need for molds or tooling, by superimposing successive layers of material, followed by consolidation using different methods, such as laser sintering, curing with ultraviolet light, or the addition of binders.
The possibility of reproducing any imaginable geometry and customizing products demonstrates the potential of this new technology in the aeronautical industry, as well as in others, such as medicine, the auto industry, or architecture.