Alcoa to Supply 3D-Printed Metal Parts for Airbus Aircraft

April 7, 2016
  • Alcoa to supply 3D-printed titanium fuselage and engine pylon parts
  • Agreement to leverage Alcoa’s comprehensive capabilities from advanced alloy development to finished part production
  • Supply agreement draws on new technologies gained through RTI acquisition and organic expansions

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa (NYSE:AA) has entered into an agreement
with Airbus to supply 3D-printed titanium fuselage and engine pylon
components for Airbus commercial aircraft. Alcoa expects to deliver the
first additive manufactured parts to Airbus in mid-2016.

“We are proud to partner with Airbus to help pave the way to the future
of aerospace development and manufacturing,” said Alcoa Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer Klaus Kleinfeld. “The unique combination of our
multi-material alloy development expertise, powder production
capabilities, aerospace manufacturing strength and product qualification
know-how position us to lead in this exciting, emerging space.”

Airbus chose to work with Alcoa because of its comprehensive
capabilities, from materials science leadership to additive
manufacturing and aerospace parts qualification. The agreement will draw
on Alcoa’s decades of aerospace experience and new technologies gained
through the recent acquisition of RTI and organic expansion in
Whitehall, Michigan. Alcoa also recently invested in 3D-printing and
metallic powder production capabilities at its technical center outside
of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

  • Last year, Alcoa acquired
    RTI International Metals
    (RTI)—now known as Alcoa Titanium &
    Engineered Products (ATEP)—which grew Alcoa’s additive manufacturing
    capabilities to include 3D-printed titanium and specialty metals parts
    produced at ATEP’s Austin, Texas facility. The Airbus agreement will
    draw on these capabilities as well as ATEP’s titanium ingot melting
    and billetizing, machining, finishing and inspection technologies.
  • Alcoa will employ advanced CT scan and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP)
    capabilities at its advanced aerospace facility in Whitehall,
    Michigan. HIP is a technology that strengthens the metallic structures
    of traditional and additive manufactured parts made of titanium and
    nickel based superalloys. Through a $22
    million investment
    in the technology in Whitehall, Michigan, Alcoa
    today owns and operates one of the largest aerospace HIP technology
    complexes in the world.
  • Additionally, Alcoa is bolstering its additive manufacturing
    capabilities through a
    $60 million expansion
    in advanced 3D-printing materials and
    processes, including metallic powders. The expansion is located at the
    Alcoa Technical Center near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the world’s
    largest light metals research center.

Details of this agreement with Airbus were not disclosed.

Alcoa Aerospace

Alcoa’s aerospace businesses will form part of the Value-Add Company, to
be named Arconic,
following Alcoa’s
in the second half of 2016. Arconic will be a premier
innovator of high performance multi-material products and solutions in
attractive growth markets, including aerospace. This agreement is
Alcoa’s latest with Airbus, building on last year’s fastening
systems agreement
valued at approximately $1 billion. That deal was
Alcoa’s largest fastener contract ever with the aircraft manufacturer.
Alcoa’s fasteners fly on every Airbus platform.

About Alcoa

A global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and
manufacturing, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our
world. Our technologies enhance transportation, from automotive and
commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and
consumer electronics products. We enable smart buildings, sustainable
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generation. We pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and
today, our more than 60,000 people in 30 countries deliver value-add
products made of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and produce
best-in-class bauxite, alumina and primary aluminum products. For more
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strong business units that today make up Global Primary
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