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Norsk Titanium qualifies component for US DoD application

Near-net-shape preform and finished component printed in collaboration with Northrop Grumman

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Structural flight components produced by Norsk Titanium (Euronext: NTI, OTCQX: NORSF), a global leader in additive manufacturing for aerospace-grade structural titanium components using its patented Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD) technology, in collaboration with Northrop Grumman, have been qualified for Department of Defense (DoD) hardware.

Norsk Titanium successfully printed a qualified near-net-shape preform for the subsequently finished component, dramatically reducing raw material lead times and allowing for significantly fewer machining hours to produce the final part. Two structural titanium components are expected to undergo the first flight in the second quarter of 2024.

Norsk Titanium qualifies component for US DoD application on NNS preform and finished component printed with Northrop Grumman “This was a tremendous achievement for our team. It is a critical demonstration of our RPD® material performance and our ability to rapidly print parts for use in defense applications,” said Nicholas Mayer, Norsk Vice President of Commercial. “The defense sector is one of our strategic growth areas, and this demonstration builds confidence among customers evaluating our process to displace legacy subtractive methods,” added Mayer.

Norsk was approved as an additive manufacturing special processor for Northrop Grumman in April 2023. Norsk Titanium US was added to Northrop Grumman’s approved special processor listings (ASPL) for the production of wire-fed rapid plasma deposition of titanium.

As part of an ongoing development effort, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS) began evaluating the application of Norsk Titanium’s RPD technology for aircraft componentry for NGAS US Department of Defense (DoD) applications.

Over the past year, Norsk Titanium continued maturing its RPD technology for DoD applications and configured its operations at the Plattsburgh Defense and Qualification Center (PDQC) to handle efforts controlled under International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

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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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