Norsk Titanium Enters Repair Market
HØNEFOSS, NORWAY – March 2, 2023 – Norsk Titanium AS (Euronext: NTI, OTCQX: NORSF), a global leader in Directed Energy Deposition (DED) additive manufacturing for aerospace-grade structural titanium components, demonstrates their Rapid Plasma Deposition® (RPD®) process applicability to the multi-billion-dollar aerospace repair market.
Under a contracted effort from Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG), Norsk Titanium has adapted their RPD® additive process to the re-manufacture of link tubes originally produced using a Ti 6-4 laser powder bed additive process.
In a rapid six-week timeline, Norsk Titanium developed a proprietary adaptation of their RPD® process that located the affected link tube surfaces and made the precision depositions. The link tubes were then sent to KONGSBERG for final processing.
“This is an important step in our technology development plan. This effort establishes that the RPD® process can support repairs for applications such as turbine fan blades and offshore drilling refurbishment,” said Odd Terje Lium Norsk Titanium VP of Engineering. “With this effort, we have proven that our RPD® can be applied to component repairs, allowing our customers to reuse or repair existing parts, avoiding the cost and schedule of a new production run.”
Proof of concept articles were produced by Norsk Titanium and delivered to KONGSBERG as prototypes in December 2022. KONGSBERG then evaluated the adapted RPD® process and approved it for implementation on 250 production parts. Norsk Titanium is currently performing the re-manufacture operations with all parts to be delivered back to KONGSBERG by the end of Q1-2023.