The participants of the European Space Agency (ESA) €20 million AMAZE initiative.
The participants of the European Space Agency (ESA) €20 million AMAZE initiative.

Norsk Titanium says that it has demonstrated its rapid plasma deposition (RPD) additive manufacturing (AM) process to aerospace participants of the European Space Agency (ESA) €20 million AMAZE initiative.

These include delegates from Airbus, Bombardier, Thales and the ESA.

The goal of AMAZE is to rapidly produce large defect-free, additively-manufactured components, ideally with close to zero waste, for use in the European high-tech industries, such as aeronautics, space, nuclear fusion, automotive, and tooling. The project, launched in 2013 by David Jarvis of the ESA, is supported by 9 European countries and 28 active partners, including 19 industrial companies, 8 universities and 1 intergovernmental agency.

The AMAZE companies watched a live demonstration of Norsk Titanium’s RPD machine produce a structural titanium spar for a commercial aircraft manufacturer. The aircraft part was produced in a fraction of the time and cost of the forging process.

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