Titomic enters marine additive manufacturing MoU with Fincantieri Australia

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Fincantieri Australia
, a localized branch of international
shipbuilding company Fincantieri has signed a
12-month Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with industrial
metal additive manufacturing company Titomic.

Within this new MoU, Titomic will asses the potential of
its Titomic Kinetic Fusion metal 3D printing process
applied to Fincantieri’s existing manufacturing facilities.

“This agreement with Fincantieri marks a significant milestone
for future shipbuilding and industrial scale additive
manufacturing,” comments Jeff Lang, CEO and CTO of the
Australian AM company.

“Titomic’s signing with Fincantieri to evaluate our Titomic
Kinetic Fusion process will not only add value to existing
manufacturing and repair activities, it will lead to the
creation of next generation high tech vessels.”

Titomic Kinetic Fusion

Based in Australia, Titomic has the exclusive rights to a
titanium cold-spray technique developed and patented by the
Australian Government’s Commonwealth Scientific and
Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Unlike laser based technologies, in cold-spray metals are not
melted in the deposition process. Instead, Titomic Kinetic
Fusion relies on a supersonic gas jet to fire particles at
high speed and fuse to a surface on impact. This makes it
easier to combine dissimilar metals to make a part.

According to Titmoic the process can “Manufacture at 30x faster
than commercial 3D printers without size constraints.”

SEM image of a cold sprayed titanium particle bonded to steel surface. Image via Wikimedia Commons/Thshoeb
SEM image of a cold sprayed titanium particle bonded to steel
surface. Image via Wikimedia Commons/Thshoeb

Underwater additive

As of 2013, Fincantieri is the largest shipbuilder in Europe,
and this year the Fincantieri group doubled in size to become
the fourth largest in the world.

The company makes both commercial and military vessels and is
on a shortlist alongside BAE Systems and Navantia to build
a future class of frigates for the Royal Australian Navy.
Scheduled to begin in 2020, the contenders are still undergoing
competitive evaluation.

In the additive manufacturing sector, BAE has a great deal
of experience, especially with aerospace
applications
. Navantia meanwhile has commenced trials of

3D printed parts for its supertankers
.

With the industrial capabilities, Titomic and Fincantieri
together could become contenders in the large-scale marine
additive space, alongside the popular wire
arc additive manufacturing
(WAAM) process used by DAMEN
Shipyards and Huisman.

Making the Australian Navy a high-tech world
leader

Concluding the statement on the Titomic
MoU Dario Deste, Chairman of Fincantieri Australia said,
We are pleased to partner with
Titomic, an innovative advanced manufacturing company, to
pursue new technological development, continuous improvement
and value creation for all our stakeholders.”

“The significance of this partnership
examines how we can introduce new manufacturing technologies
to make Australia sovereign in advanced naval technology and
improve our solutions on the world-wide market.”

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Featured image shows visuals used in the Australian Future
Frigates SEA 5000 program. Image via Fincantieri

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