The leading France-based aerospace company, Safran Group, has confirmed it will unveil a $76mn additive manufacturing facility in Bordeaux, according to 3D Printing Industry.
The company has received local support for the complex that is anticipated to create approximately 200 jobs in engineering, production and research and development.
Born out of a merger between Snecma and Sagem, the Safran Group operates three main divisions; aerospace propulsion, aircraft equipment and defence.
Alain Rousset, President of the region that also proposed a “Plan for Digital Aquitaine,” commented: “Safran’s choice shows the attractiveness of our territory and the quality of the ecosystem we have built around the technologies of the future. Additive manufacturing is crucial for our metallurgy sector.”
During the past ten years, Safran has teamed up with Airbus to 3D print a titanium hydraulic part for the A350, with the firm applying 3D printing technology for the past ten years.