Visitors to the Farnborough Airshow this year will be able to discuss on a single stand the merits of using top-quality CNC turning, prismatic metalcutting and grinding equipment from eight different machine tool builders in Germany, as well as additive manufacturing equipment from France capable of highly consistent production of components in large volumes. Geo Kingsbury is sole sales and service agent for all of them in the UK, Ireland and the Middle East
Richard Kingsbury, managing director of Geo Kingsbury said, “We are delighted to be able to showcase our full range of top-quality German machine tools at Farnborough and to be able to introduce our additive manufacturing division’s capabilities.
“Senior representatives will be on our stand to engage commercially and technically with managers and engineers in the aerospace manufacturing sector.
“Right across the range of applications and component sizes, from a few millimetres to tens of metres, we can offer turnkey solutions that are optimised to a user’s requirements, with full support every step of the way.”
AddUp AM machines are supplied into aerospace supply chains in France and the US, serving Airbus and Boeing respectively. The service provided encompasses detailed feasibility and profitability studies, choice of materials for AM, product optimisation if necessary to modify shape, weight and/or function, design of customised production plant, process simulation and qualification, delivery of the AM equipment, support for quality control, post processing advice and training.
The manufacturer will continue to develop its 3D printing technology under a program known as SOFIA (Solutions pour la Fabrication Industrielle Additive métallique) and has planned a six-year research programme to develop the entire metal AM value chain. There will be a particular focus on the aerospace industry to improve metal powders, machines, energy sources and processes.