For the next two years, Lockheed Martin and Arconic will develop new materials and 3D printing processes for the aerospace industry. Metal 3D printing being the main issue of this agreement, the two companies want to develop new structures and systems not currently in existence.

Lockheed Martin is a security and aerospace company engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The company has a certain experience in Additive Manufacturing when it comes to components that will be used in space. It is currently taking part in the Exploration Mission 2 within which astronauts will use over 100 3D printed parts.

As for Arconic, it is a manufacturer of products dedicated to mobility and various industries. Arconic is not a beginner in the Aerospace industry. It manufactured a 3D printed titanium part that has been installed on a series production Airbus commercial aircraft, the A350 XWB.

The agreement

Both companies have started the development of process modeling, simulation tools and lightweight, corrosion resistant alloys. Arconic also provides Lockheed Martin with a broad portfolio of innovative, multi-material products for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft program—from engine to airframe structures—as well as 3D printed metal parts for service on NASA’s Orion spacecraft.

However, this is not a first collaboration for the two specialists. According to Ray Kilmer, CTO of Arsonic, they have worked together across multiple platforms—from single-piece forged bulkheads for the F-35 to 3D printed parts for the Orion spacecraft.

Even though the process is long, we can’t wait to see the first products that will result from this collaboration.

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