Norsk Titanium Completes Testing of Rapid Plasma Deposition™ Component with Thales Alenia Space
Confirms 6-month cycle time savings over legacy processes
OSLO, NORWAY — June 19, 2017 — Norsk Titanium AS, the world’s pioneering supplier of aerospace-grade, additive manufactured, structural titanium components, announced it has completed testing of its Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™ ) material with Thales Alenia Space, the joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%) to develop, produce and test components for use in spaceflight.
Under a contract signed in 2016, Norsk Titanium collaborated with Thales Alenia Space to develop, produce, and test an initial qualification component. Under the terms of the test plan, Norsk Titanium evaluated the suitability of their RPD™ material to replace near-net shape forgings for spaceflight applications. Norsk Titanium is pleased to announce that mechanical testing has been completed and the RPD™ material performed in accordance with the mutually developed requirements.
“Norsk Titanium is delighted to mature our relationship with Thales Alenia Space,” said Norsk Titanium CEO Warren M. Boley, Jr. “Along with our recent commercial aerospace successes, this provides further evidence that Norsk Titanium’s Rapid Plasma Deposition™ material is ready to support the stringent requirements of the in-space market, revolutionizing how the industry incorporates titanium into their critical designs.”
Successful completion of this testing has positioned Norsk Titanium to be a leading supplier of structural additive manufactured components for the Thales Alenia Space product lines. Adoption of RPD™ material allows Thales Alenia Space to improve program performance, cutting current part buy-to-fly ratios in half and reducing lead-times by 6 months.
“Thales Alenia Space is very pleased to confirm that the Rapid Plasma Deposition™ solution from Norsk Titanium was successfully tested from a mechanical point of view. Thales Alenia Space builds larger and larger material parts using additive manufacturing, which represents an important advance during the fabrication phase,” explained Florence Montredon, Additive Manufacturing Technology Development manager at Thales Alenia Space.