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Good Practice Study Group (GPSG) on Additive Layer Manufacture visit to 1710 Naval Air Squadron, Portsmouth

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Good Practice Study Group (GPSG) on Additive Layer Manufacture visit to 1710 Naval Air Squadron, Portsmouth

This year's good practice studies are well underway with engineers of the future from across our members investigating defence support challenges and gaining exposure to a range of defence stakeholders.

While the man aim of the Good Practice Study Group (GPSG) is to mentor and develop the engineers outputs must be exploitable by both industry and MOD.

On the 14th August, four young engineers (participating in the Good Practice Study Group 2018) - accompanied by Army HQ and Def Logistic representatives - visited 1710 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) in Portsmouth. 1710 NAS has laboratories for supporting aircraft investigations and is leading on the Navy experimentation into Additive Layer Manufacture (ALM).

The GPSG studies will report in Dec and on ALM will:

  • Assess the current range of ALM printer capabilities and their considerations of strengths and weaknesses for use in defence support
  • Develop a decision matrix to assess which parts could, should and should not be printed
  • Outline a process for the certification of ALM produced parts
  • Describe the potential impact ALM could have on the supply chain

The work is informing Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) digital strategies and will also be instrumental in the development of the Defence Logistic ALM.

If TD-Info members can support our Good Practice Studies and have information to share your input and interaction with these young engineers is appreciated.

Those undertaking GPSG studies will report in December and we hope that many of you will be able to attend and be informed by their presentations, as well as being able to contribute through providing constructive feedback on their presentations.

GPSG | Industry Chair: Gareth Hetheridge (Rolls-Royce); TD-Info Facilitator: Luca Leone

To learn more about the GPSG, including future opportunities to aprticipate, please contact

Added: 31st August 2018


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