GKN Aerospace to open Texas 3D printing facility

GKN plans to open a 100,000 ft2 facility in Texas, USA for the additive manufacturing (AM) of large-scale titanium aerostructures.

According to the company, it will initially focus on wire laser metal deposition but at full capacity will cover all 3D printing research and development for airframe and aero-engine applications.

Plans are to relocate GKN’s North America 3D printing equipment and personnel from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee to the new site from 2023.

“With proximity to many of our major customers in Texas and across the US, this is the right place for GKN Aerospace,” said Shawn Black, GKN Aerospace president of defense. “Along with partnership with local government, we look forward to expanding our titanium additive manufacturing capabilities and pushing the boundaries of this technology for our customers and the aerospace industry.”