Aidro Qualifies to Supply Aluminum AM Flight Parts to Leonardo

June 7, 2022

Aidro, a Desktop Metal subsidiary that provides volume production of hydraulic and fluid-power systems via metal additive manufacturing (AM), has become a qualified supplier of aluminum flight parts for the helicopters division of Leonardo. Aidro is one of only two suppliers to receive the Declaration for Qualification of Process for Additive Layer Manufacturing with Leonardo, a provider to aerospace, defense, and security markets.

“We are proud to be selected by Leonardo Helicopters as a qualified supplier of 3D printed aluminum flight parts,” says Tommaso Tirelli, Aidro CEO and vice president of business development. “The components we are producing for Leonardo require extensive knowledge in managing fluids and fluid power, which has always been Aidro’s main competence. This is a great opportunity for our company to demonstrate how end users such Leonardo can leverage additive technologies to achieve significant weight savings and reduce the number of components.”

Aidro achieved its AS/EN9100 certification in 2018, thereby gaining access to the aerospace industry and allowing the business to entertain collaborations with a range of companies of the sector.

“Leonardo is committed to introducing and expanding the use of AM on its rotorcraft products, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by its unique capabilities,” says Dario Bonanno, industrial engineering manager for Leonardo. “The availability of a qualified supply chain is a fundamental requirement to support the industrial sustainability of the company’s technological road map.” 

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