Dec 13, 2016

Metal alloy developer Arconic, which is growing out of an Alcoa spin-off, has entered into two agreements to supply Airbus 3D printed metal parts for the airplane maker’s commercial aircraft.

Arconic will supply 3D printed components made from high temperature nickel superalloys, and 3D printed titanium airframe parts under two separate agreements.

“We’re proud to deepen our partnership with Airbus through these agreements,” said Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO of Arconic. “Airbus’s confidence in our additive manufacturing capabilities is grounded in Arconic’s comprehensive strengths—from aerospace know-how to metals powder production and product qualification expertise. We are pleased to support our customers and pave the way to the future of aerospace manufacturing.”

Arconic will supply 3D printed ducting components made of high-temperature nickel superalloys for the A320 family of aircraft. Advanced nickel superalloys offer superior heat resistance for these components, which flow hot air from the aero engine to other parts of the airframe.

Under a second deal, Arconic will supply 3D printed titanium airframe brackets, also for the A320 platform. Arconic expects to deliver the first parts under both agreements in the second quarter of 2017.

These agreements build on Arconic’s April 2016 deal with Airbus Group for 3D printed titanium fuselage and engine pylon components. Despite having its roots in traditional metal manufacturing technologies, Alcoa has been creating 3D printed products for the last 20 years and owns one of the largest HIP (Hot Isostatic Pressing) machines in the aerospace industry. This machine is used to strengthen the metallic structures of 3D printed and non-printed parts made of titanium and nickel-based super-alloys. Furthermore, after acquiring RTI International Metals in July 2015, Alcoa strengthened its position in the titanium and other speciality metals markets for the aerospace sector and other areas.

Further details on these agreements with Airbus were not disclosed.



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