The Center for Additive Technologies of the State Corporation Rostec has put into operation the largest automated laser facility with the largest construction area in the Russian Federation. The new equipment will make it possible to “grow” by the additive method large-sized parts of the promising VK-1600 V engine for the Ka-62 helicopter.

To create engine components, domestic materials will be used, and the characteristics of the new 3D printer will allow creating dimensional structures of any complexity.

“The installation will print stator parts for the promising VK-1600 V engine. This unit is being created for the promising multi-purpose Ka-62 helicopter. In total, more than 10% of the parts for this machine are planned to be produced on 3D installations. The use of additive technologies will reduce the production time for individual components from 6 months to 3 weeks, ”said Oleg Yevtushenko, executive director of Rostec.

In addition to shorter manufacturing times, additively manufactured parts are lighter in weight without sacrificing functionality. This will increase the payload and improve other characteristics of the helicopter.

JSC “Center for Additive Technologies” is the leading and largest Russian enterprise specializing in additive manufacturing and the only one in Russia with a full cycle production. JSC “CAT” was created on the basis of the holding corporations of the aviation complex of the State Corporation “Rostec” in 2018 as a single integrator in the field of additive technologies. The shareholders of the organization are JSC UEC, JSC Technodinamika, JSC KRET and JSC Russian Helicopters. The company has the largest park of industrial equipment in Russia (3D printers, measuring machines, machining and laboratory equipment) for additive manufacturing and a professional team of technical specialists with extensive experience in the application of additive technologies. The company’s strategy envisages the provision of the entire cycle of services – from reengineering of structures to serial production of a full cycle.

State Corporation Rostec is one of the largest industrial companies in Russia. It unites more than 800 scientific and industrial organizations in 60 regions of the country. Key areas of activity are aircraft construction, radio electronics, medical technologies, innovative materials, etc. The corporation’s portfolio includes such well-known brands as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, UAC, Russian Helicopters, UEC, Uralvagonzavod, Shvabe, Concern Kalashnikov and others. Rostec actively participates in the implementation of all 12 national projects. The company is a key supplier of Smart City technologies, is engaged in the digitalization of government, industry, social sectors, and is developing plans for the development of 5G wireless communication technologies, the industrial Internet of things, big data and blockchain systems. Rostec is a partner of the world’s leading manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus, Daimler, Pirelli, Renault and others. The corporation’s products are supplied to more than 100 countries around the world. Almost a third of the company’s revenue comes from the export of high-tech products.