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Norsk Titanium delivers flight critical structure to GA-ASI

The defense market is a key part of Norsk Titanium’s long-term growth strategy

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Norsk Titanium, a global leader in additive manufacturing for aerospace-grade structural titanium components using its patented Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD) technology, delivered the first flight-critical aircraft structure to GA-ASI (General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.), a leading developer of unmanned aircraft systems and prime contractor to the US Department of Defense.

Under a development contract with GA-ASI’s Additive Design & Manufacturing Center of Excellence, Norsk Titanium has delivered RPD final machined components for testing and evaluation. GA-ASI will conduct destructive testing in support of specification and part development.

Norsk Titanium delivers flight critical structure to GA-ASI; the defense market is a key part of Norsk Titanium’s long-term growth strategy

“General Atomics has been dedicated to maturing directed energy additive and implementing it in their production programs,” said Nicholas Mayer Norsk Titanium Vice President of Commercial, “After an extensive collaborative qualification effort over the past few years with Norsk Titanium, GA-ASI plans to apply the qualified process to structural components within their next generation platforms currently under development, and is planning on their first flight of a critical, structurally loaded component, within the 2024-2025 timeframe.”

Norsk Titanium has recently announced qualification and production milestones in their core commercial aerospace titanium market. The continued expansion of their defense market offerings is a key part of Norsk Titanium’s long-term growth strategy. You can read all about GA-ASI’s aggressive AM production strategy in VoxelMatter’s story.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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