Norsk Titanium AS has a contract from The Boeing Co. (IW500/9) to supply 3D-printed, titanium engineering test articles for commercial aircraft structural components, though details of the contract are few. The value and timing of the articles to be delivered are not known. Norsk Titanium (NTi) will produce titanium Ti-6Al-4V preforms, and delivering them to Boeing for further testing and evaluation. Their project is intended to demonstrate part-to-part repeatability and to optimize the operations processes necessary to enter into long-term production of structural components for fleet aircraft, according to NTi
“We are pleased with Boeing’s thoughtful review of structural titanium components made by our RPD process,” stated Norsk Titanium president and CEO Warren M. Boley, Jr. “Together, we seek to create significant customer value by reducing cost and lead-time from their premier commercial airplane platforms.”
NTi produces aerospace-grade titanium structures at Hønefoss, Norway. The company’s U.S. subsidiary is building an industrial-scale metal additive-manufacturing plant at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Plattsburgh, NY, scheduled to start in late 2017. New York State has invested $125 million in the project.