3ders.org - Lockheed Martin, Arconic collaborate on metal 3D printing and lightweight aerospace materials | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

Jul 16, 2018 | By Thomas

Lockheed Martin and Arconic announced today a two-year Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to collaborate on the development of customized lightweight material systems and advanced manufacturing processes, such as metal 3D printing.

This agreement expands the longstanding relationship between Arconic and Lockheed Martin. The companies currently collaborate on advanced materials and manufacturing projects such as the development of process modeling, simulation tools and lightweight, corrosion resistant alloys.  Arconic also supplies Lockheed Martin with multi-material products for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft program, as well as 3D printed metal parts for service on NASA’s Orion spacecraft.

“Collaborating with Arconic will help us uncover new ideas for materials development where traditional practices aren’t suitable, investigate more sustainable material compositions and find ways to produce materials more effectively,” said Rod Makoske, Lockheed Martin SVP of Corporate Engineering, Technology and Operations.

Lockheed Martin’s newly released 2017 Corporate Sustainability Report details how innovative manufacturing techniques – like industrial 3D printing – can allow for greater resource efficiency, less materials used and potentially lower greenhouse gas emissions over the full life cycle of a part.

In 2017, Lockheed Martin made progress toward its goal of creating greater manufacturing efficiencies, including completing life-cycle assessments on three products, identifying total cost of ownership reductions of $574 million from decreased resource consumption and impacts on human health and the environment.

"Lockheed is always innovating, and it is a privilege to apply our materials and manufacturing expertise to help them deliver their next generation of cutting-edge products," said Ray Kilmer, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Arconic.

Arconic also announced today a new long-term contract with Boeing to supply aluminum sheet and plate for all models produced by Boeing Commercial Airplanes, as well as the commercial availability of an advanced titanium alloy designed for higher temperature applications in next generation aero engines and adjacent structures.

 

 

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