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Alcoa to Supply 3D-Printed Metal Parts for Airbus Aircraft

by • April 11, 2016 • No Comments

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa (NYSE:AA) has entered into an agreement with Airbus to donate 3D-printed titanium fuselage and engine pylon components for Airbus commercial aircraft. Alcoa expects to donate the initially additive manufactured parts to Airbus in mid-2016.

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

Airbus chose to work with Alcoa for the reason of its comprehensive capabilities, of materials science leadership to additive making and aerospace parts qualification. The agreement can draw on Alcoa’s decades of aerospace experience and new technologies gained through the new acquisition of RTI and organic expansion in Whitehall, Michigan. Alcoa in addition newly invested in 3D-printing and metallic powder production capabilities at its technical center outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

  • Last year, Alcoa acquired RTI International Metals (RTI)—now known as Alcoa Titanium & Engineered Products (ATEP)—that grew Alcoa’s additive making capabilities to include 3D-printed titanium and specialty metals parts generated at ATEP’s Austin, Texas facility. The Airbus agreement can draw on these capabilities as well as ATEP’s titanium ingot melting and billetizing, machining, finishing and inspection technologies.
  • Alcoa can employ high end CT scan and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) capabilities at its high end aerospace facility in Whitehall, Michigan. HIP is a advancement that durablityens the metallic structures of traditional and additive manufactured parts created of titanium and nickel based superalloys. Through a $22 million investment in the advancement in Whitehall, Michigan, Alcoa in the present day owns and operates one of the biggest aerospace HIP advancement complexes in the world.
  • Additionally, Alcoa is bolstering its additive making capabilities through a $60 million expansion in high end 3D-printing materials and processes, that include metallic powders. The expansion is located at the Alcoa Technical Center near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the world’s biggest light metals research center.

Details of this agreement with Airbus were not disclosed.

Alcoa Aerospace

Alcoa’s aerospace businesses can form part of the Value-Add Company, to be named Arconic, next Alcoa’s separation in the 2nd half of 2016. Arconic can be a premier innovator of high performance multi-material products and solutions in handsome growth markets, that include aerospace. This agreement is Alcoa’s latest with Airbus, assembling on last year’s fastening systems agreement valued at close to $1 billion. That deal was Alcoa’s biggest fastener contract at any time with the aircraft developer. Alcoa’s fasteners fly on at any timey Airbus platform.

About Alcoa

A global leader in lightweight metals advancement, engineering and making, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our world. Our technologies enhance transportation, of car and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products. We enable smart assemblings, sustainable food and bat any timeage packaging, high-performance defense vehicles across air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and extra
efficient power generation. We pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and in the present day, our extra
than 60,000 folks in 30 countries donate value-add products created of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and create best-in-class bauxite, alumina and major aluminum products. For extra
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In the 2nd half of 2016, Alcoa can separate into two industry-leading, Fortune 500 companies. The advancement and advancement-driven Value-Add Company can include Global Rolled Products, Engineered Products and Solutions, and Transportation and Construction Solutions. The globally competitive Upstream Company can comprise five sturdy business units that in the present day manufacture up Global Primary Products—Bauxite, Alumina, Aluminum, Cast Products and Energy.

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