TITOMIC KINETIC FUSION® FOR AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING
For decades, manufacturing with titanium has been reserved for only the highest value applications and often when there is no room for substitutions, or when superior performance on offer cannot be ignored. As such, it may come as little surprise that the aerospace industry has long been the largest manufacturer and consumer of titanium alloys and parts.
However, manufacturing with titanium often comes from necessity rather than from economical considerations. This means that although the aerospace industry is fully exploiting titanium, it comes at a significant cost. For example, parts will often be machined down from a billet of forged titanium, often requiring removal of 90% of material to reach a final part and with waste that is not easily recyclable.
With Titomic Kinetic Fusion®, these parts are instead manufactured to near their final shape, so only 5 to 10% of material needs to be removed to reach the final tolerance. This allows aerospace manufacturers to utilise high-performing alloys including pure titanium, Ti-6Al-4V, aluminium, magnesium and many more while reducing waste by 80%. What’s more, without melting these alloys, Titomic Kinetic Fusion® creates large, seamless titanium parts at industry-leading build rates.
Optimising the economics of titanium manufacturing, this reduction in machining time, material waste and cost lowers the threshold of what should be created with titanium. Now titanium can be utilised for many more applications at a reduced cost and not just reserved for critical, high-value applications.
Strong, Lightweight Components
With Titomic Kinetic Fusion®, clients can create lightweight, stronger, stiffer and more fatigue resistant parts from aerospace-grade alloys such as Ti-6Al-4V, commercially pure titanium, aluminium and magnesium. With the economical use of cost-effective, high-performing alloys, combined with rapid material deposition and minimal tooling, the bar is lowered to enable a broader range of parts to be made, faster than ever before.
With these, manufacturers and aerospace operators can reduce weight and increase strength, leading to increased payloads, increased mission range and reduction of fuel consumption.
With a melting point of 1,668° – 2.5 times higher than aluminium – titanium is often the optimal choice for high-speed, high-temperature aerospace applications. With the added ability to combine titanium with thermally-conductive metals, such as copper, and highly heat-resistant materials, such as ceramic, Titomic Kinetic Fusion® offers unique engineering applications for heat-intensive applications.
With the unique capability to create large-scale, composite metal parts, Titomic offers new, at-scale engineering possibilities for applications including hypersonic coatings, heat transfers and sinks, brake callipers, turbine blades, shafts, casings and discs.