Norsk Titanium Delivers First FAA-Certified, Additive Manufactured Ti64 Structural Aviation Components
Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™ ) additive manufacturing process employed to manufacture certified and conforming components ahead of schedule
OSLO, NORWAY — June 19, 2017 — Today, Norsk Titanium AS, a supplier of additive manufactured structural titanium components, announced their first (on-time) delivery of FAA approved structural components for installation on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. This key milestone demonstrates the production maturity and readiness of the Rapid Plasma Deposition™ technology to compete against traditional manufacturing processes.
“Delivery of these first three part numbers represents significant progress for additive manufacturing: qualification with the OEM, certification with the FAA, and the ability to transition to production and meet customer cost, quality, and delivery expectations. Norsk Titanium delivering on a significantly reduced timeline further signals the ancillary cost benefits that customers may realize with additive manufacturing: lead time reduction, lower inventory requirements, and future spare parts continuity assurances,” said Norsk Titanium President & Chief Executive Officer Warren M. Boley, Jr.
These and other additive manufactured 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, along with a full-scale mock-up of the company’s patented MERKE IV™ Rapid Plasma Deposition™ machine that produced the pioneering structural parts.