Honeywell Mexicali Production Benefits from Additive Manufacturing

July 7, 2016 | Author: Donald Godfrey

Honeywell recently received a request from a major airline for a heat exchanger that had not been ordered for over twenty years. The customer wanted a fast turn but there was a problem in finding all the tooling necessary to produce the welded assembly.

Because the fixture was older, a CAD file did not exist. However, prints of the fixture did exist and with this information the Phoenix Additive Manufacturing Technology Center was approached by the Honeywell Aerospace Trading group, or HAT, regarding the printing of some or all of the tooling needed for this project.

The Team in Phoenix immediately contacted the Additive Manufacturing Technology Centers in Shanghai and Bangalore to review the drawings and identify what parts could be made quickly using 3D Printing Technology. The four Teams agreed that printing of some elements would save some schedule and that is how the program progressed.

Additive Manufacturing (AM) or Three-Dimensional (3D) Printing is the process of creating 3D objects or products, layer by layer, from a 3D digital model. The 3D digital model is usually created from a CAD file.

Due to the workloads associated with the Mexicali machine shop, it was decided to print portions of the weld fixture and send those printed parts to Mexicali for final machining and assembly.

Additive Manufacturing

In normal circumstances, it would not make economic sense to print simple designs like the ones shown in this article. However, customer response time was the more critical components of the program.

Honeywell is learning to excel at using its global additive manufacturing resources to meet the needs of its production and engineering demands. Additive Manufacturing is helping Honeywell to shorting supply chain lead times and reduce program costs.

Donald Godfrey

Donald Godfrey

Donald Godfrey is an engineering fellow at Honeywell Aerospace.

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