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Spirit Aerosystems and Norsk Titanium to produce 3D-printed titanium components

July 07, 2017
Source: ASM International

Spirit AeroSystems, Wichita, Kan., and Norsk Titanium AS, Sweden, have entered into a commercial agreement to produce 3D-printed structural titanium components for the commercial aerospace industry via Norsk Titanium's proprietary plasma-arc Rapid Plasma Deposition technology. Parts will be built to a near-net shape via RPD, reducing waste, using less energy, and reducing product costs by up to 30%. 

Spirit currently builds thousands of titanium parts for multiple customers around the globe and expects that at least 30% of them could be candidates for the RPD process. 

Spirit AeroSystems and Norsk Titanium have been working together to develop this technology for the aerospace industry since 2008. This commercial agreement between the two companies solidifies and extends the partnership and identifies specific parts that can be immediately produced via RPD.

"As the Spirit and Norsk Titanium relationship approaches its tenth year, we reflect on the value of this partnership and the significant milestones achieved during the transition from R&D to production," says Norsk Titanium CEO Warren Boley. "We recently announced becoming the world's first FAA-approved 3D-printed structural titanium provider, and Spirit is the ideal tier-one aerostructures partner to leverage this pioneering capability."

Spirit AeroSystems is one of the largest manufacturers of fabricated parts for the aerospace industry. The company recently announced plans to expand its fabrication business to support other manufacturers around the globe.



Subject Classifications

Industries and Applications | Aerospace and Defense

Materials Processing and Treatment | Additive Manufacturing

Metals and Alloys | Titanium

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