Arconic has announced it has entered into two agreements to supply Airbus with metal additively manufactured parts for commercial aircraft. The company will supply components made from high temperature nickel superalloys as well as titanium airframe parts.
“We’re proud to deepen our partnership with Airbus through these agreements,” stated Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO of Arconic. “Airbus’s confidence in our Additive Manufacturing capabilities is grounded in Arconic’s comprehensive strengths—from aerospace know-how to metals powder production and product qualification expertise. We are pleased to support our customers and pave the way to the future of aerospace manufacturing.”
Arconic will supply 3D printed ducting components made of high-temperature nickel superalloys for the A320 family of aircraft. Advanced nickel superalloys offer superior heat resistance for these components, which flow hot air from the aero engine to other parts of the airframe. Under a second deal, Arconic will supply titanium airframe brackets, also for the A320 platform.
Arconic expects to deliver the first parts under both agreements in the second quarter of 2017.