The Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Center (PW AMC) was established in April 2013. The Center uses advanced powder bed manufacturing technologies and high-powered electron beams and lasers to repeatedly melt fine layers of powdered metals like titanium into one solid integrated piece. This layer-by-layer “additive” process allows for the creation of complex three-dimensional objects without the constraints of traditional manufacturing processes.
Additive manufacturing can be used for a wide range of products - from advanced turbine components for jet engines to personalized prosthetic implants for patients who need them.
Core activities of the Center include:
- Research of powder spreading and flow.
- Research on phase- and microstructure formation during rapid solidification.
- Interactions of metals with gas phases (ab-initio calculations)
- Alloy development for additive manufacturing
- Educational activities, for example 2-week training course on additive manufacturing, certificate for additive manufacturing.