Solar Atmospheres successfully processed the first FAA-certified structural additive-manufactured Ti-6Al-4V parts, which were produced by Norsk Titanium and destined for installation on a Boeing airplane. The vacuum stress relief was compliant with AMS 2801 and other OEM specifications. Solar Atmospheres processed the initial production components in March.

Norsk Titanium’s printing technology of these aft-galley supports, along with other flight-critical components, signals the ancillary cost benefits that customers may realize with additive manufacturing: lead-time reduction, lower inventory requirements and future spare-parts continuity assurances.