A FURNACE capable of making some of the world’s biggest aerospace parts is up and running at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
It has interchangeable crucibles for 250kg, 500kg and 1,000kg of metal and the first tests have proved successful.
Mark D’Souza-Mathew, AMRC Castings research and development manager, said: “We are working with the Aerospace Technology Institute and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult to define a programme of work and explore the boundaries of large-scale near-net shape castings.”
It is hoped the project will enable UK companies to break into the global market for large titanium aerospace engine and structure parts. The furnace will be ready for industrial access from the summer.