It’s been less than a year that Titomic has released its large format metal 3D printer. The 3D printer has proven itself in applications such as aerospace and defense, and for this particular reason, the company decided to push this technology forward.
In order to enhance its technology, the Australian company signed a $2.6m research agreement with CSIRO, IMCRC and RMIT University. Titomic being the industry partner of this project, all collaborators will work on Titomic-led IMCRC program.
The aim of these players is to enable Titomic Kinetic FusionTM to meet the standards of aerospace and defense industries as described by the Metallic Materials Properties Development and Standardization (MMPDS).
The latter is a reference source for metallic material and recognized by the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), United States’ Department of Defense (DoD), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Why is metal AM limited?
Metal 3D printing is a process that still present limitations because of the melting of the metal causing layering inclusions, evaporation of some alloys, and thermal distortion within the parts. That’s why, it is difficult to certify them for the manufacturing of aerospace structures components.
This Titomic-led IMCRC program will lead to new industry certification standards for Titomic’s Kinetic FusionTM process. The technology will completed other existing processes for repairs on aircraft such as the B-1 bomber, F/A-18 Fighter and Black Hawk and Sea Hawk helicopters.
Furthermore, those partners will not only push Titomic’s technology forward, they will contribute to the development of Australia’s image at the national and international levels.
Lastly, as part of the Project, improvements to CSIRO’s Background IP and the Project IP will be Utilised by Titomic in accordance with the terms of the Licence Agreement between CSIRO and Titomic. The technology advancement will provide a new industry standard for titanium and titanium alloy, complex shaped structures manufactured using Titomic Kinetic FusionTM.
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