In response to customer requests, we’ve begun the process of obtaining our FAA certification to perform laser metal deposition for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) work for the aerospace industry. This certification will enable us to perform a number of aircraft repair applications, from original material restoration to laser hardfacing.
Laser metal deposition (LMD) is an excellent technique for restoring parts to their original condition. It uses a laser beam to deposit powdered metal onto the surface of a component to restore its original dimensions. LMD can be used for a variety of aircraft components including vanes, blades, knife edge seals, turbine casings, and afterburner flaps.
LMD offers a number of advantages compared to processes such as TIG welding:
- Less heat input
- Minimized heat affected zone
- Minimal distortion
- Faster processing time
- Better material properties than conventional welding processes
For a brief explanation of laser metal deposition and a short video, click here:
The FAA certification process typically takes several months, and once we receive our approval we’ll let everyone know. In the meantime, if you have questions about LMD and how it can improve your process, give us a call at 860-413-3098 or leave a question in the space below.