Norsk Titanium AS, a manufacturer of aerospace-grade titanium components, has ordered an additional three Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD) Additive Manufacturing machines following higher than forecast demand from the aerospace and defence sector. The company stated that it has contracted Norway-based Tronrud Engineering AS to supply the new systems.
“We are pleased to contract with Tronrud to build our exclusive technology for the production of aerospace-grade titanium structures,” stated Norsk Titanium’s President and Chief Executive Officer Warren M Boley, Jr. “These 3D Additive Manufacturing machines will further boost Norsk Titanium’s customer response time and expand manufacturing capacity to meet growing demand for titanium components from the global aerospace industry.”
During Norsk Titanium’s patented Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD) process titanium wire is melted in a cloud of argon gas and precisely and rapidly built up in layers to a near-net-shape (up to 80% complete) that requires very little finish machining. Production cost is stated to be around 50% to 75% less than legacy forging and billet manufacturing techniques due to significantly less waste and machining energy.
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