Alcoa to provide 3D-printed metal parts for Airbus aircraft

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa (NYSE:AA) has entered into an agreement with Airbus to supply 3D-printed titanium fuselage and engine pylon components for Airbus commercial aircraft, the company said.

Alcoa expects to deliver the first additive manufactured parts to Airbus in mid-2016.

Alcoa will employ advanced CT scan and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) capabilities at its advanced aerospace facility in Whitehall, Michigan. HIP is a technology that strengthens the metallic structures of traditional and additive manufactured parts made of titanium and nickel based superalloys.

Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions, enhancing transportation, from automotive and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products.