Airbus strengthens its 3D Printing collaboration with Arconic
Dec 27, 2016: Arconic, a global technology, engineering and advanced manufacturing leader, has entered into two agreements to supply Airbus 3D printed metal parts for the airplane maker’s commercial aircraft.
Arconic will supply 3D printed components made from high temperature nickel superalloys, and 3D printed titanium airframe parts under two separate agreements. 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 3D printed titanium airframe brackets, also for the A320 platform. Arconic expects to deliver the first parts under both agreements in the second quarter of 2017.
“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,” said Klaus Kleinfeld, chairman and CEO of Arconic.
These agreements build on Arconic’s April 2016 deal with Airbus for 3D printed titanium fuselage and engine pylon components.