STREAM - Surface Texture Re-tooling for Efficient Aerospace Manufacturing

Competition:         NATEP (National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme):
                                   helping SMEs innovate in aerospace, spring 2020

Funding Body:      Innovate UK
                                  in conjunction with Aerospace Technology Institute and the
                                  Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Partners:                In conjunction with Codem Composites Ltd.

Description:

STREAM (Surface Texture Re-tooling for Efficient Aerospace Manufacturing) is intended to enable TextureJet to further develop its own innovative surface processing technology STAT and generate new revenue streams within the company. Creation of advanced manufacturing technologies such as STAT are critical to ensuring UK manufacturing is globally competitive. With the effects of Covid-19, now more than ever, streamlining production in the UK aerospace industry is critical for survival and regrowth. As such, manufacturing technologies that can reduce production costs are highly sought. An aerospace appropriate machine tool specifically aimed at the removal of non-value-added process steps will have wide ranging effects that fall in line with several value streams identified in the Accelerating Ambition technology strategy (2019). Primarily in both propulsion and aero structures where this technology seeks to streamline the process of surface preparation prior to bonding.

Building on a previous Innovate UK project where STAT was evolved from university research into a commercial concept, this project aims to take this further by creating a machine tool to drastically reduce the costs within aerospace manufacturing.