GKN Aerospace will lead a consortium of U.K. companies in a 3 1/2-year research and development program called “Horizon (AM)” that is aimed at building on the company’s additive manufacturing capability to produce lighter, complex components cost effectively. The company expects the new processes to unlock innovations in low drag, high-performance wing designs and lighter, more efficient engine systems, leading to dramatic reductions in aircraft fuel consumption and emissions.
The Horizon (AM) team includes GKN Aerospace, Renishaw, Delcam, and the Universities of Sheffield and Warwick. The program is backed by the U.K.’s Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI).
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