Fast Make for Demonstrators and Low Volume (FASTMAKE)
To remain competitive, there is a growing need to develop new and innovative manufacturing and modelling technologies. The aim of this project is to reduce lead times from concept to manufacture by 75% for demonstrator engines. This reduces the risk of expensive redesign, as Fast Make allows time for more iterations to improve engine performance.
A number of successful examples have been developed so far:
- Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) have applied 3D sand printing technology, for demonstrator parts in the Rolls-Royce Tay engine oil tank.
- Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Siemens and Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) are exploring shear forming for potential application on oil and gas industry pipework.
- MTC and Siemens have developed automatic Co-ordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) program generation, for knowledge sharing and creating a best practice process.
Working with the Research Centres, has overcome significant technical challenges to develop novel Fast Make manufacturing technologies, enabling the rapid delivery of components for rig and engine tests, noted Alan Newby, Director, Aerospace Technology and Future Programmes at Rolls Royce.
The first exploitation of the fast make technologies developed will be in the Advance 3 demonstrator programme, and subsequently the UltraFan™ demonstrator programme.