One moment a vision for
the future, the next a
production reality: MDT
is the first manufacturer in the
world to fit industrial gas turbines
with 3D-printed components. After
a decade of research and development
work, MDT has now taken
the first decisive step towards employing
the forward-looking technology
of 3D printing.
The guide vane segments
used in MGT6100 gas turbines proved to be particularly suitable for 3D
printing, also known as additive manufacturing. “The green light for production
that we got in spring 2017 is the result of intensive collaboration with highly
specialized partners like our suppliers and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser
Technology,” Roland Herzog, Head of Material Technology in SBU Turbomachinery,
The next strategic step
will be to manufacture the 3D components in house. To that end, MDT is
currently investing in the ‘MAN Center for Additive Manufacturing’, or ‘MANCAM’
for short. Under its umbrella, design specialists, materials engineers and
manufacturing engineers will collaborate across products and sites with a view
to exploiting the advantages of additive manufacturing for other components and
products too. MDT is currently investing around EUR 2.6 million in developing
and expanding its own 3D printing expertise.
3D printing offers
enormous potential for MDT’s product range. “We are also planning to use the
new technology to manufacture impellers for compressors or components for
turbochargers and engines in the future,” Roland Herzog reports. In addition to
shorter development cycles, 3D printing offers the freedom for innovative and
superior component designs and shorter lead times, as well as making it
possible to manufacture spare parts on demand at short notice in the service
The first obstacle has
been overcome. With standardized components being used for the first time,
additive manufacturing has arrived in production. Which means that MDT has
passed a strategic milestone.
BU: Components from a
3D printer are no long pie in the sky.
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