Arconic Strengthens Its 3D Printing Collaboration With Airbus

December 13, 2016

Arconic to Supply 3D Printed Nickel and Titanium Parts for Airbus Airplanes Under Two New Agreements

  • Builds on agreement announced earlier this year to supply 3D printed titanium fuselage and engine pylon components for Airbus commercial aircraft
  • Expands Arconic’s position on high-growth platforms, including the A320
  • Underscores Arconic’s leadership position in 3D printing for aerospace

Arconic (NYSE:ARNC), 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.

“We’re proud to deepen our partnership with Airbus through these
agreements,” said Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO of Arconic.
“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. We are
pleased to support our customers and pave the way to the future of
aerospace manufacturing.”

Arconic will supply 3D printed ducting components made of
high-temperature nickel superalloys for the A320 family of aircraft.
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.

These agreements build on Arconic’s April
2016 deal with Airbus
for 3D printed titanium fuselage and engine
pylon components. That agreement established Arconic as an innovation
partner to Airbus in the fast-growing metal 3D printing space.

Arconic’s comprehensive capabilities, from materials science and
additive manufacturing expertise, to aerospace parts qualification
experience and supply chain management are helping to grow our
partnership with Airbus. These latest deals will draw on Arconic’s full
range of 3D printing technology capabilities, including laser powder bed
and electron beam processes.

Further details on these agreements with Airbus were not disclosed.

Arconic has been a leader in the aerospace industry since the dawn of
aviation. Today, it is a differentiated supplier across the aerospace
industry, with leading positions on every major western aircraft and jet
engine platform, underpinned by market leadership in aerospace
structures, jet engine and industrial gas turbine airfoils and aerospace

About Arconic

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and power. Through the ingenuity of our people and cutting-edge advanced
manufacturing techniques, we deliver these products at a quality and
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