Norsk Titanium AS, a supplier of additive-manufactured, structural titanium components, 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.
Norsk Titanium's Patented MERKE IV Rapid Plasma Deposition Machine
"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."
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 its wire-based RPD™ process, is the first supplier for Boeing's high deposition rate material specification.
Close-up of a finished RPD additive manufactured component ready for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
"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."
The Dreamliner RPD™ components will be on display at the International Paris Airshow, Le Bourget June 19-25, 2017 at Norsk Titanium's booth, along with a full-scale mock-up of the company's patented MERKE IV™ Rapid Plasma Deposition™ machine that produced the pioneering structural parts.
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