MSM aerospace fabricators invests in 3D printing technology

MSM has purchased an Ultimaker 3D printer to assist its R&D and new product introduction programmes. Specialising in metalforming, MSM manufactures complex components in high temperature metals. Additive manufacturing has been adopted for rapid production of prototypes, inspection fixtures and press tooling. An example shown is part of an aircraft exhaust which was proving difficult to align and inspect to the fine tolerances the customer demands. MSM’s engineers designed and manufactured this fixture in 2 days to allow simple go/no go gauging and enable accurate CMM laser scanning. MSM is committed to further adoption of IR4 technology, the 3D printer is complementary to our existing metalforming simulation capability.