Turbomeca presents the results of the innovative RC2 project Print E-mail

Bordes, 27 April 2009

Turbomeca presents the results of the innovative RC2 project to the mechanical industry 

On the occasion of “Lundi de la Mécanique”, organized in Pau today by the CETIM (mechanical industries technical center), Turbomeca, project manager, presented the advantages of the RC2 project (Reduction in Cycles and Costs) to the mechanical industry. Approved by Eurêka and Aerospace Valley, RC2 offers fast manufacturing techniques for complex parts, thereby reducing costs and times, keystones for competitiveness.

The RC2 project was launched in October 2005 for a 42 month period. Turbomeca relies primarily on partnerships with the European plastics processing centre, the Geneva Engineering School and Best in Class, Tekniker and Spasa companies. The RC2 project is supported by the Directorate General for Enterprise of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment, as well as the European Commission.

It focuses on four major aspects. The first two are based on reducing costs and manufacturing cycles by employing the laser metal powder fusion process. This allows complex parts to be created without substantial tooling. The third aspect is environmental protection. The new technique offered by RC2 actually produces significantly less waste than conventional manufacturing methods. In addition, the possibility of designing and producing new parts will allow faster development of more environmentally friendly products. This technological breakthrough is also illustrated by the fourth aspect: This innovative process allows new shapes to be imagined right from the design stage. This allows more efficient mechanical parts to be manufactured.

More complex, faster and cleaner production
This new technology has been demonstrated on complex, lightweight parts. As proof, the participants were presented with parts produced by rapid prototyping and direct manufacturing (aeronautic turbine parts, tools and medical prostheses, in particular).
For Turbomeca, RC2 means it can use complementary manufacturing methods at competitive prices, providing ground-breaking technological solutions.

About Turbomeca
Turbomeca (SAFRAN Group) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced over 50 000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. With 2,350 customers in over 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 15 sites, 26 TurboSupport Centers, 24 repair centers and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.

For more information, please visit our Web sites: www.turbomeca.com and www.safran-group.com.