Oct 22, 2015 | By Kira

After signing a $125 million deal with New York State to build an industrial-scale 3D printing facility, global 3D printing technology leader Norsk Titanium today announced another major industry partnership that will boost the market reach of their game-changing Direct Metal Deposition (DMD) titanium 3D printing technology, and increase the production 3D printed parts for the aerospace, defence, energy automotive and maritime sectors. Norsk Titanium and lightweight metals leader Alcoa have launched a Joint Technology and Industrial Cooperation program that will see them leverage each other’s advanced manufacturing expertise and commercial capabilities through cooperation projects that will serve the above-mentioned industries.

Each company brings unique strengths to the table: Norsk Titanium produces aerospace-grade, performance critical titanium components using its patented DMD additive manufacturing technology and proprietary plasma arc Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD) 3D printing technology, which transforms titanium wire into complex components at 50-70% less cost and with 75% reduced time to market than comparable technologies. They have proven applications in aerospace, defense, autosport and oceanic, and shipped 2.4 metric tons of titanium aerospace parts for certification testing in the second quarter of 2015.

As for Alcoa, they are global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing, and the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum. They have already been using 3D printing technology to manufacture jet engine parts, and are constantly working to innovate multi-material solutions that enhance transportation and consumer electronics. Naturally, with both companies heavily invested and at the forefront of 3D printed metals and advanced manufacturing, it makes sense that they would want to join forces and benefit from each other’s specific expertise.

“We’re thrilled to deepen our relationship with Alcoa through this program, which is focused on advancing the global reach of our game-changing, 3D-printing Direct Metal Deposition technology,” said Norsk Titanium President & Chief Executive Officer Warren M. Boley, Jr. He added that by leveraging Aloca’s in-depth understanding of lightweight metal components, they will be able to increase their offerings for aerospace and other end markets, and support their goal of delivering near-net-shape titanium components finished with minimal machining.

“We will bring together Alcoa’s unmatched metallurgical know-how and deep aerospace industry relationships with Norsk Titanium’s 3D printing technologies,” said Eric Roegner, President of Alcoa Titanium and Engineered Products. “This program will further support our efforts to push beyond the limits of today’s additive manufacturing and meet fast-growing demand for 3D printed aerospace parts.”

With NASA, the US Department of Defense, the US Air Force and several governments worldwide already heavily investing in 3D printing technology, there is absolutely no doubt that it will play a major role in the future of land, air, sea and yes, even space, transportation.



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