Development of Laser Additive Manufacturing Repair (LAM-R) Transition Procedures Supporting Maintenance & Sustainment

LAM-R is a fusion-based AM process, or laser powder fed AM process, (differentiating from the laser powder bed process) was developed making it possible to repair parts that were previously unrepairable. It impacts acquisition cost and production lead time issues for various aerospace, automotive, marine, and energy industrial high dollar components. While the possibilities for AM intrigue both the materials engineer and the design engineer, they present a great challenge for those responsible for qualification and certification. Specifications, design databases, and qualification protocols must be made available for LAM-R and similar new technologies before they can gain wide acceptance

This project will:

  • Develop the qualification requirements of a LAM-R for the H-60 Oil Cooler Assembly and T700 Gas Generator Turbine Shaft.
  • Perform qualification of approved testing facility on approved component test beds (aircraft components).
  • Coordinate final airworthiness approval on these critical safety parts, H-60 Oil Cooler Vaneaxial Fan Shaft and T700 Gas Generator Turbine Shaft.

Those interested in participating in this initiative should contact Dana Ellis,  within 90 days of this project announcement. We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).