VIAM: Conference on Additive Technologies
On February 10, 2015 the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Aviation Materials (VIAM) held a scientific and practical conference "Additive Technology in the Russian Industry".
Plenary session of the conference was opened by Dmitry Rogozin, who delivered a welcoming speech.
Sharing his impressions of the exhibition, he said that "the development of additive technology in Russia has been launched". According to Dmitry Rogozin, the digital manufacturing will find a wide range of applications in the foreseeable future. "It is, in fact, a new industrial revolution of the sixth technological wave, which is so much spoken about by our eminent experts" - he said.
According to him, the conference should help to work out a specific action plan for the creation of a new industry - the industry of additive technologies, as well as to determine the direction of its evolving. "We need to create a transparent market for the industry, which should take into account not only the interests of large enterprises but entire industry," - said Dmitry Rogozin.
In addition, Dmitry Rogozin said that "one of the most important issues to be solved quickly is the quality staff schooling on additive technology". According to him, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation shall establish a system of complete education and arrange a solitary government demand for specialists’ training. These problems must be resolved by the beginning of the new academic year.
Afterward the General Director of VIAM, Academician Evgeny Kablov spoke on "Additive Technology - a key element of industrial policy of the Russian Federation".
According to Evgeny Kablov "today there is a boom of additive technologies in all developed countries. The world market for these technologies grew up by an average of 27.4% from 2010 to 2014; as a result its volume reached $ 3 billion".
According to him, the world leaders in the field of additive technologies are the United States, Germany and China. In addition, 22 countries have established national Association of additive technologies, united in the GARPA alliance. "For example, the Boeing corporation produces more than 22 thousand pieces of 300 titles for 10 types of commercial and military aircraft thanks to 3D-printing", - said Evgeny Kablov.
In his speech the spokesman has highlighted a number of problems our country faced during the development of additive technology. According to Evgeny Kablov, there are no production of metallic and non-metallic powder compositions, very few qualified specialists in this field as well as undeveloped national standards for additive manufacturing in Russia.
Evgeny Kablov has noted that "despite all the difficulties, the national science and industry have all the prerequisites for development of this subject". In particular, he mentioned the example of VIAM, where an additive full-cycle production is created and also confessed about the successful cooperation of VIAM, IPLIT of RAS and SPbSTU to develop additive technologies for the manufacture and repair of gas turbine engines parts. "This project will make the evolution from traditional manufacturing and repair technologies of gas turbine engine components with complicated profile to technologies of new generation," - said Evgeny Kablov.
In addition, he said that for the first time in Russia VIAM has produced a part of the domestic advanced aircraft engine PD-14 by additive technology using a domestic metal-powder composition. "We were able to make a "swirl" of the "front-line" mechanism of the combustion chamber which fully meets the requirements of the design documentation", - he said, adding that "in average the cycle of manufacturing parts by selective laser melting is 10 times less than by casting technology on melting prototypes".
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Alexander V. Potapov has concluded the plenary meeting by his speech. He drew the audience's attention to the need for practical implementation of all the developments in additive technology. "These technologies will undoubtedly provide a wide range of possibilities, but they are not fixed by a standard, - he said. - It is necessary to organize all that has already been developed and understand where to go". Alexander Potapov has emphasized the VIAM achievements in the field of additive technologies and its implementation on demand of aviators.
In conclusion, Alexander Potapov reiterated the need for soonest transfer of all currently available developments in additive technology into practice.
After the plenary session the conference has been continued in three sections.