April 10, 2017 - Norsk Titanium AS, the Oslo-based supplier of additive-manufactured, structural titanium components, has received a production purchase order for 3D-printed structural titanium components from Boeing. These components are being produced by Norsk’s proprietary Rapid Plasma Deposition process.
“We are proud to take this historical step with a great aerospace innovator like Boeing,” said Norsk Titanium President and CEO 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 their wire-based RPD process, is the first supplier for Boeing’s high deposition rate material specification.
John Byrne, vice president of Airplane Materials and Structures, Supplier Management for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, says, “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, along with a full-scale mock-up of the company’s patented MERKE IV RPD machine that produced the pioneering structural parts.