Saffron Electrical&Power, a French company specializing in electrical systems for commercial and military aircraft, is the latest to benefit from additive manufacturing and additive manufacturing design (DfAM) in the design and production process. The company began exploring the advantages of 3D printing after more and more customers asked about parts manufacturing technology.
Safran Electrical&Power uses additive technology and systems, working with British manufacturer Betatype, using its expertise in 3D printing technology and DfAM.
More specifically, Safran's power division team is looking for ways to improve and optimize the design of the generator housing. Working with Betatype, the company was able to come up with a new design for the part that integrated many improvements, including better strength, better stiffness and significant weight loss.
Notably, in redesigning the generator housing parts, Betatype helped Safran optimize the design of additive manufacturing, where the parts were designed as a single part. In contrast, the original component is made up of many complex parts. By combining the various components as a whole and integrating the grid structure into the parts, Betatype can also save costs by reducing the weight of the parts, the manufacturing time of the parts, and the number of parts.