Optomec Receives US$1.5 Million Contract for Additive Repair Of F35 Large Titanium Blisks
The US Air Force can look forward to a massive 80 percent in cost savings translating to millions of dollars annually with additive repair.
The US Air Force has awarded Optomec a US$1.5 million contract to develop a Metal Additive Manufacturing system and process that enables the repair of oversized titanium components used in aircraft engines. The initial target, called integrally bladed rotors (IBRs, aka “blisks”), are complex, single-piece compressor rotors made of light-weight titanium alloy that are routinely worn or damaged in normal use and can cost more than US$500,000 each to replace with a newly made part.
Savings Over 80 Percent
The implementation of an Additive Repair process for these parts is projected to result in greater than 80 percent in cost savings, which could save the Air Force tens of millions of dollars annually in maintenance costs as well shorten the supply chain for these critical components, used on aircraft such as the F22 Raptor and F35 Lightning II. Optomec’s solution will also benefit the broader commercial aviation market as engine OEMs continue to integrate larger, complex titanium components into their latest, fuel-efficient designs.
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