Pratt & Whitney’s GatorWorks

Newly announced by Pratt & Whitney Military Engines but established about a year ago in the West Palm Beach area in Florida is the GatorWorks, a new rapid-innovation, rapiddevelopment and rapid-prototyping unit of fewer than 100 people which Bromberg categorises as metaphorically “working in a garage” to revolutionise the military engine development cycle. “Pratt & Whitney Gatorworks will seek to leverage commercial enterprise capabilities in rapid prototyping, iterative design, procurement and testing of cuttingedge products for our customers,” said Bromberg.

He said Pratt & Whitney has given the unit’s staff members just three working rules: 1) You can make use of all of Pratt & Whitney’s intellectual property; 2) Don’t hurt anyone; and 3) Don’t break any laws. Given that wide flexibility, Pratt & Whitney expects GatorWorks to use chosen contractors (both internal and external to P&W itself and which P&W needn’t actually have used before as suppliers) to provide three-dimensional digital design and additive-manufacturing capabilities to allow rapid development of a range of projects. Pratt & Whitney has selected four, as yet unspecified, projects for GatorWorks to develop, having selected them from a list of ten projects initially suggested. The unit’s performance is measured by its ability or otherwise to achieve a set of milestones for each project by given deadline dates for each milestone. If the team meets the deadline for a given milestone, Pratt & Whitney will continue to fund the project. If the team fails to meet the deadline, the company will stop funding that project and a new project will be chosen for development. Chris Kjelgaard

A Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100 engine completed a record-breaking accelerated mission test in the sea level 3 test cell at the Arnold Engineering Development Centre.
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