Why choose GKN
To additively manufacture a fully-functioning, engineered component that can be certified for use in an engine or drivetrain, you have to have total control over the raw material – the powder.
Additive manufacturing requires powder with extremely high levels of purity and specific characteristics. Hoeganaes is a GKN business that has 40 years’ of experience developing metal powders. It is a global leader in the development of metal powders for the production of structural components, with facilities around the world. Its range of AncorAM powders are designed for additive manufacturing in aerospace, medical and other industries.
GKN Additive has a global network of centres of excellence to support our customers around the world.
Our engineers focus is to enable our customers to overcome the most complex design challenges, whatever their industry, wherever they are based. We provide inhouse training, a full range of design and engineering services, an instant quoting tool and complete support throughout the design for AM process.
GKN offers the widest range of AM technologies, enabling us to deliver unique solutions for our customers. A focus on production excellence throughout our processes gives us total flexibility on batch sizes and shorter lead times throughout our global manufacturing network.
An additive manufacturing technique that builds metal structures by using a laser to melt metal wire or powder onto a substrate layer by layer. Using advanced robotic controls, this builds specific geometries as defined by a CAD model. This process can be either fine scale, used for small, more complex components, or large scale, for use on products such as aerostructures.
Powder bed technologies
Laser Powder Bed and Electron Beam Melting are additive manufacturing techniques, which use a heat source or binding material to manufacture complex parts directly from the CAD file. Fine metal powder is dispensed onto a build platform, melted and fused together. This pattern is repeated by lowering the build platform until the desired 3D part is printed as per the CAD design. This process is carried out using either a laser (laser powder bed) or an electron beam (electron beam melting) to melt the powder or a binding material to create the part.
We have both deposition and powder bed (FDM and SLS) processes for final parts, part replacement and development of the next generation composite structures.
GKN’s manufacturing expertise across multiple markets enables us to deliver the highest quality AM components, certified to the most rigorous industry and customer standards.
From powder and component handling to qualification and post processing, operational excellence runs through the heart of GKN Additive.