Norsk Appoints Boley to Lead First US Industrial-Scale 3D Print Facility

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20c8ba9Hønefoss, Norway based company Norsk Titanium AS (NTi) announced Sunday that it has appointed former Aerojet President, Mr. Warren Boley, Jr. to the Board of Directors in concert with Norsk’s plans to spearhead the first industrial-scale 3D printing facility in the United States.

John Andersen, Jr., Executive Chairmen of Norsk Titanium referenced the experience of NTi’s new leadership in a statement:

“Warren [Boley] has a wealth of experience in aerospace and defense.   His client-focus and drive for growth are uniquely suited to support NTi’s expansion in the United States.”

Mr. Boley has led additive manufacturing operations for the aerospace industry in past engagements.  At Aerojet, he’s led $1B in operations in manufacturing of propulsion devices. Aerojet used 3D printed technology to fabricate rocket engines in just three parts: the entire injector and dome assembly; the combustion chamber; and a throat and nozzle section.

NTi’s state-of-the-art 3D printing facility is funded as a part of a private-public partnership, and it will cover a 200,000-square-foot factory area.  According to Mr. Boley, the number and scale of 3D printers in the facility will continue to increase.  Norsk uses Direct Metal Deposition (DMD) technology to produce high quality Titanium parts for industrial and aerospace industries.

The company announced in July that RTI International Metals, Inc. (NYSE: RTI), a supplier of titanium and specialty metals, has become an investor and partner.  Direct Metal Deposition (DMD) is Norsk’s patented process.

Norsk has plans to work with other companies to develop parts for the aerospace industry as well, and NTi is talking with Lockheed Martin Corp about building components for the F-35 fighter jet.Titanium Production

3Dprint.com’s Michelle Matisons discusses the DMD process and RTI partnership in her post earlier this month.  Proponents of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, say it can cut the cost of titanium aircraft parts, which ordinarily cost seven times more than their aluminum counterparts.   The process conserves more titanium and produces parts cheaper and in less time than traditional methods.

 

Mr. Boley said the following about the new technology and NTi’s manufacturing plans:

“We’re going to make history…this is part of the next industrial revolution.  The project involved hundreds of millions of dollars of investment over the past seven to eight years.  Its goal is to build large-scale components for commercial aircraft.  To be part of the commercial introduction of a game changing technology that will drive affordability and speed of production in components for the commercial aerospace and defense sectors is an honor.”

Norsk expects the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to certify the direct metal deposition process this year, leaving the individual parts to be approved by aircraft manufacturers.  Mr. Boley says orders will be ready for launch by the first quarter of 2016.

F-35B Cutaway Diagram with Liftfan | Norsk is Collaborating with Lockheed Martin to 3D Print Titanium Parts

F-35B Cutaway Diagram with Liftfan.  Norsk is Collaborating with Lockheed Martin to 3D Print Titanium Parts

 

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