RTI International Metals (RTI) acquired Directed Manufacturing, a leader in additive manufacturing of metals and plastics for both commercial production and engineering development applications for $23 million. The deal is expected to enhance RTI’s ability to deliver advanced, cost-effective titanium and other advanced material solutions to customers in aerospace, medical device and other markets. Directed Manufacturing will do business as RTI Directed Manufacturing and become the flagship organization in RTI’s Advanced Additive product line. The Austin, Texas-based company produces complex products using titanium, nickel-chromium alloys and other specialty metals and composite plastics.

Directed Manufacturing currently manufactures products that include aerospace airfoils, rakes, guide vanes and injection nozzles, complex fasteners, surgical tools, medical implants, injection mold inserts and several others. The company, which has commercial production experience in both metals and plastics, counts a number of major aerospace industry prime contractors and suppliers among its customers. The specific additive-manufacturing technologies used by Directed Manufacturing include direct metal laser sintering and plastic laser sintering systems.