Boeing to buy structural parts 3D printed by Norsk Titanium’s rapid plasma deposition

April 20, 2017
Source: ASM International

Norsk Titanium AS, Oslo, announces that  it 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.

Boeing designed the components and collaborated closely with Norsk throughout the development process. To certify these initial structural components on the Dreamliner, Boeing and Norsk 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.

"From the outset, the 787 has been the hallmark of innovation and efficiency," says 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."

"We are proud to take this historic step with a great aerospace innovator like Boeing," says 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."

The Dreamliner RPD components will be on display at the International Paris Airshow in June at Norsk Titanium's booth.



Subject Classifications

Industries and Applications | Aerospace and Defense

Materials Processing and Treatment | Additive Manufacturing

Metals and Alloys | Titanium