Norsk Titanium US Inc, Plattsburgh, New York, USA, has announced successful testing of a landing gear component developed in collaboration with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI), headquartered in San Diego, California, USA.
A test programme, started in 2021, has explored the application of Norsk Titanium’s Rapid Plasma Deposition® (RPD®) Additive Manufacturing technology in structural applications for GA-ASI products. The preliminary test results for the selected landing gear component were said to indicate promising performance.
GA-ASI additive and structural engineering teams conducted inspection as well as material and functional load testing. Testing was conducted in support of the GA-ASI mission to enable and accelerate Additive Manufacturing technology integration into their design and manufacturing operations, processes and products, maximizing the buy-to-fly ratio benefits for GA-ASI and their customers.
“We would like to thank GA-ASI for their support of our technology and the additive industry in general,” stated Nicholas Mayer, vice president, Commercial, Norsk Titanium. “We believe there is a good fit for our technology in GA-ASI applications that traditionally call for long lead time forgings. Our team is ready to support GA-ASI as they continue their qualification process and further develop their DED additive applications.”