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Alcoa to 3D Print Metal Fuselage Parts for Airbus

by • April 6, 2016 • No Comments

  • Just two years ago, lightweight metals giant Aloca began looking additional closely at its additive making capabilities, a few day major them to pour $60 million into growing the 3D printing capabilities at their Pennsylvania-based Technical Center. Now, the company is may aleager eager to put those capabilities into action, signing an agreement with Airbus to donate 3D printed titanium fuselage and engine pylon parts, to be delivered mid-2016.


    After getting
    RTI International Metals (RTI), now Alcoa Titanium & Engineered Products (ATEP), Alcoa increased its 3D printing capabilities with the inclusion of titanium and specialty metals. The ATEP division is additional enhanced through Alcoa’s CT scan and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) capabilities utilized to durablityen titanium and nickel-based superalloys. In addition to housing one of the biggest HIP facilities in the world, the aforementioned Alcoa Technical Center represents the world’s biggest light metals research center. The firm can now be leverageing all of those capabilities to create multi-material alloys, 3D print fuselage and engine pylon parts, and to perform aerospace parts qualification for Airbus.


    Alcoa Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Klaus Kleinfeld said of the agreement, “We are proud to partner with Airbus to assist pave the way to the next of aerospace createment and making. The one-of-a-kind combination of our multi-material alloy createment expertise, powder production capabilities, aerospace making durablity and product qualification know-how position us to lead in this amazing, emerging space.”

    Other significant details include the use of ATEP’s titanium ingot melting and billetizing, machining, finishing, and inspection technologies for the Airbus parts. It is in addition worth noting which Alcoa’s aerospace business can spin off into its own company called Arconic in the 2nd half of this year. And all of this comes after last year’s news which Aloca can be donateing Airbus with fastening systems which can fly on each Airbus plane. This deal was valued at $1 billion.

    Airbus, as with all defense manufacturers, has been utilizing 3D printing for a few time, but was one of the initially several years ago to plan its use for creating endparts. Those plans have slowly begun to materialize and began ramping up last year, as Airbus began flying numerous 3D printed parts in preparation for the deployment of their A350 XWB aircraft. They are yet far of a completely 3D printed plane, but the A350 XWB may quite well be the many 3D printed aircraft yet.

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