Boeing Aims to Cut Dreamliner Cost with 3D Printed PartsDavid Wagman | April 10, 2017
Norsk Titanium AS, a supplier of additive-manufactured, structural titanium components, received a production purchase order for 3D-printed structural titanium components from Boeing. The parts are being produced by Norsk’s Rapid Plasma Deposition process.
Boeing designed the components and worked with Norsk Titanium throughout the development process. To certify these initial structural components on the 787 Dreamliner aircraft, Boeing and Norsk Titanium undertook a testing program with Federal Aviation Administration certification deliverables completed in February 2017. Norsk Titanium is the first supplier for Boeing’s high deposition rate material specification.
The Reuters news agency says that Boeing has been trying to reduce the cost of titanium on the 787, which requires more of the metal than other models because of its carbon-fiber composite fuselage and wings. Titanium also is used extensively on Airbus Group SE's carbon-fiber A350.
The 3D-printed parts could help cut the cost of each airliner by $2-$3 million, the news agency reported.
The Dreamliner RPD components will be on display at the International Paris Airshow, Le Bourget June 19-25, 2017 along with a full-scale mock-up of the machine that produced the parts.
Norsk Titanium AS is the world’s pioneering supplier of aerospace-grade, additive manufactured, structural titanium components.