Norsk Titanium AS (NTi) has announced a Joint Technology and Industrial Cooperation program with Alcoa, the lightweight metals manufacturer, which focuses on expanding the market reach of Norsk’s proprietary technology.
Norsk Titanium owns and operates the only wire-based additive manufacturing facility in ESA’s cooperative program titled Additive Manufacturing Aiming Towards Zero Waste & Efficient Production of High-Tech Metal Products (AMAZE). AMAZE comprises of the largest team working on metal additive manufacturing in Europe.
AMAZE’s overarching objective is to quickly produce defect-free 3D printed components with close to zero waste for high-tech industry applications. AMAZE is supported by 9 European countries and 28 active partners comprising of governments, universities and industries.
“We’re thrilled to deepen our relationship with Alcoa through this program, which is focused on advancing the global reach of our game-changing, 3D-printing Direct Metal Deposition technology,” said NTi President & Chief Executive Officer Warren M. Boley, Jr.
AMAZE companies recently conducted a live demonstration of NTi’s 4th generation Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD) machine which produced a unique structural titanium spar for a commercial aircraft manufacturer.
Plasma was used to melt titanium wire within an inert argon atmosphere which rapidly built up precise layers to a near net shape requiring little finish machining. Using NTi’s proprietary technology the aircraft component was produced in just a fraction of the time and cost of conventional processing.
“We are revolutionizing the metal manufacturing industry with radically less expensive aerospace-grade titanium components, and our participation in AMAZE allows collaboration with European manufacturers and early access to our technology,” added Warren M. Boley, Jr.
Norsk Titanium and Alcoa will identify cooperation projects to leverage their manufacturing expertise and commercial capabilities to serve the growing needs of aerospace, defense, automotive and maritime industries. The combination of NTi’s technology and Alcoa’s vertically integrated titanium global supply will have significant applications in the titanium closed-die forging market.
NTi’s full rate production machines can produce 22 metric tons of aerospace-grade titanium components each year. NTi will break further ground on the world’s first industrial scale additive manufacturing facility for aerospace production.
Image courtesy of Norsk Titanium