Avio Aero is a GE Aviation business which designs, manufactures and maintains components and systems for civil and military aviation. Today, the company provides its clients with innovative technological solutions to respond quickly to constant changes demanded by the market: Additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, but also cells dedicated to streamlined manufacturing of transmissions, turbines and combustion chambers. Avio Aero has its head office in Italy and major plants in Rivalta di Torino, Pomigliano d’Arco (Naples) and Brindisi. Avio Aero has production sites also in Poland, with more than 4600 employees worldwide (around 4000 of whom are based in Italy).
Avio Aero acted as work package coordinator for WP2 and WP8.
In the role of end user, Avio Aero selected, designed and produced the demonstrator for the aerospace sector using the direct metal laser melting (DMLM) technique with the aim of demonstrating the competitiveness of the additive manufacturing compared to conventional processes.
In the WP2, Avio Aero supported the definition of standards for metal powders specific for additive manufacturing and used gas atomising equipment to provide Ti-6Al-4V powders to the partners of the project.
In the WP3, Avio Aero developed the parameters and procedures for HastelloyX and A357 by DMLM and adapted the material specifications.
In the WP7, Avio Aero implemented an efficient layout of the factory in Cameri, Italy, optimised for additive manufacturing processes including DMLM and electron beam melting.