Apr 10, 2017

Norsk Titanium's Patented MERKE IV Rapid Plasma Deposition Machine

Norsk Titanium AS, the world’s pioneering supplier of additive-manufactured, structural titanium components today announced it has received a production purchase order for 3D-printed structural titanium components from Boeing that are being produced by Norsk’s proprietary Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™) process.

A Norsk Titanium Scientist Displays a Boeing 787 Dreamliner Structural Component to Demonstrate the Near-Net-Shape RPD Buy-to-Fly Ratio

The World's First FAA-Approved, 3D-Printed, Structural Titanium Component

Close-Up of a Finished RPD Additive Manufactured Component Ready for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing designed the components and collaborated closely with Norsk Titanium throughout the development process. To certify these initial structural components on the Dreamliner, Boeing and Norsk Titanium undertook a rigorous testing program with FAA certification deliverables completed in February 2017. Norsk Titanium, with their wire-based RPD process, is the first supplier for Boeing’s high deposition rate material specification.

“From the outset, the 787 has been the hallmark of innovation and efficiency,” said John Byrne, vice president, Airplane Materials and Structures, Supplier Management, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We are always looking at the latest technologies to drive cost reduction, performance and value to our customers and Norsk Titanium’s RPD capability fits the bill in a new and creative way.”

“We are proud to take this historical step with a great aerospace innovator like Boeing,” said Norsk Titanium President & Chief Executive Officer Warren M. Boley, Jr. “The Norsk Titanium team will continue to expand the portfolio of components supplied to Boeing meeting stringent certification requirements. It is an honor to earn FAA approval for these structural parts.”

Norsk Titanium Titanium Components for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner After Emerging from the MERKE IV RPD Machine Ready for Finish Machining

The Dreamliner RPD components will be on display at the International Paris Airshow, Le Bourget June 19-25, 2017 at Norsk Titanium’s booth in Hall 1, Space H299.


Source: Norsk Titanium AS



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Adam Additive wrote at 5/19/2017 10:18:46 PM:

Does anyone else find it strange that Norsk Titanium is the only one claiming to have "earned" FAA approval for these parts? The FAA hasn't confirmed this so why is Norsk? I follow the additive manufacturing industry very closely and was surprised when I heard that Norsk Titanium had secured over $120 million from the Empire State Development fund to build a new plant in Plattsburg, NY. What's even stranger is that there was no bid for the grant. Usually multiple companies are allowed to place a bid for the grant, yet this time Norsk was the only contender. I find that hard to believe as there are multiple American companies who have been involved in additive manufacturing for quite some time, and who in my opinion, have much superior technology compared to Norsk.

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