3D Printing Industry | 6/19/2019 | Beau Jackson
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California’s Parker Aerospace, a manufacturer of aerospace parts, has announced that it will be 3D printing the fuel atomization nozzle and dual fuel manifold assembly for Vericor Power System’s oil field gas turbines.

Electron-beam technology will be employed to produce the new components, enabling design features that will reduce emissions and part count while improving manufacturing predictability.

TF50F - Fuel - Nozzles - Photo - Parker

3D printed TF50F fuel nozzles. Photo via Parker Aerospace.

Parker Aerospace provides a range of 3D printed parts to aircraft manufacturers, including fuel system components and high-temperature bleed air valves. In previous years the company has contributed parts and maintenance for machinery produced by Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China.

Vericor - Specifications - Performance - Parameters - PowerGen

“Collaborating with Vericor to establish specifications and performance parameters helped the PowerGen team to get a clear picture of the best way to design and build the fuel nozzles and manifolds for the TF50F gas turbine,” said Steve O’Connor, general manager for the Gas Turbine Fuel Systems PowerGen Division, a division under Parker Aerospace, itself a division of Parker Hannifin.

“By utilizing additive and electron-beam welding manufacturing methods – and removing the constraints of traditional manufacturing techniques – we are able to deliver a higher-performing system, requiring fewer parts, which also offers cost advantages to our customers,” O’Connor added.

Parker - Aerospace - Contract - Fuel - Nozzles

This is Parker Aerospace’s first contract to produce 3D printed fuel nozzles, however it is not an industry first. The GE enabled LEAP jet engine fuel nozzles is one of the most widely known success stories for additive manufacturing in the aerospace sector. In fact, last year GE announced that it had shipped its 30,000th 3D printed nozzle.

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