Kazuhiro Mizuta (left), chief technical officer, and Jun Morinishi, president and CEO, stand on the factory floor at AeroEdge’s plant in Ashikaga, Japan. AeroEdge is one of only two manufacturers in the world producing titanium aluminite LPT blades for the LEAP engine, an achievement made possible through highly customized equipment.
Japanese manufacturer AeroEdge has had success in machining turbine blades from challenging TiAl through a combination of customized VMCs and cutting tools designed in house.
AeroEdge is a young company in more ways than one. Registered in 2015, the business is staffed by some 70 employees with an average age of just 32, although the startup is actually a subsidiary of Kikuchi Gear, a traditional Japanese heavy-industry company with strong ties to the automotive industry as well as experience in providing a range of aerospace parts for large OEMs. AeroEdge was launched with a more specific mission: the manufacture of next-generation aerospace parts. The subsidiary has just one major customer, Safran, and is focused primarily on the manufacture of LPT blades with some R&D work mixed in. It’s unusual for a small to medium-size manufacturer likeRead more