Concept Laser, a GE Additive company (Lichtenfels, Germany), and aeronautical subcontractor LAUAK Group (Paris, France) have signed a Letter of Intent to launch an alliance that will advance additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry. The agreement was signed at the Paris Air Show, which took place June 19-25, 2017.
LAUAK will invest in Concept Laser additive manufacturing machines as a reference customer for Concept Laser technology. Also, Concept Laser will work closely with LAUAK to implement additive manufacturing processes and design new products, supporting LAUAK during the implementation phase of the equipment into its manufacturing process. LAUAK will also present the Concept Laser machine to reference customers in its showroom, including presentation of test objects for demonstration purposes.
Concept Laser provides machine technology for 3D printing metal components. The company's LaserCUSING process involves powder-bed-based laser melting of metals.
LAUAK is a direct subcontractor for detail parts, subassemblies, and assemblies for the aerospace industry. Key customers are aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus, Dassault Aviation, Embraer, and several major suppliers, including Aernnova, Daher Socata, Liebherr, and Safran.