Companies Honored for Outstanding Achievements in Aviation, Aerospace & Defense, will be recognized on March 1 in Washington, DC

Boeing and Norsk Titanium (Norsk) have been selected as a winner of the 61st Annual Laureate Awards, honoring extraordinary achievements in the global aerospace sector.

Both companies were selected in the category of Commercial, Supplier Innovation for qualifying the first additively manufactured structural titanium parts for a commercial aircraft.

At the beginning of 2018, Boeing Commercial Airplanes entrusted the manufacturing of 3D-printed structural titanium components for the 787 Dreamliner to Norsk.

The delivery of these first parts represents significant progress for additive manufacturing: qualification with the OEM, certification with the FAA, and the ability to transition to production and meet customer cost, quality and delivery expectations. Norsk Titanium delivering on a significantly reduced timeline further signals the ancillary cost benefits that customers may realize with additive manufacturing: lead time reduction, lower inventory requirements, and future spare parts continuity assurances,” said Norsk Titanium Chairman & Chief Executive Officer John Andersen.

On its side, Boeing believes in the potential of additive manufacturing for the aerospace industry. According to Boeing Commercial Airplanes Fabrication Vice President and General Manager and Boeing Additive Manufacturing leader Kim Smith. “By working closely with the FAA and our suppliers, Boeing is forging a path for the design and certification of additively manufactured flyaway parts for the aerospace industry. This technology will enable us to offer our customers more cost competitive products customized to meet their needs, faster than ever before.”

787 Dreamliner – iimage via Boeing

The Aviation Week Network’s Laureates Awards are quite acknowledged in the aerospace industry. Both companies are really honored to be rewarded for their work.

As far as nominations are concerned, it must be said that all of the winners were selected by Aviation Week Network editors who reviewed dozens of nominations, “embody the spirit of exploration, innovation and vision that will inspire others to strive for broad-reaching progress in aviation, aerospace and defense.”  The award categories are Business Aviation, Commercial, Defense and Space.

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