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Carpenter Technology and IAI to produce commercial aircraft additive parts

These will be the first metal AM parts approved for commercial use in Israel

Carpenter Technology Corporation, which is emerging as a market leading AM metal powder supplier, and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) signed a collaboration to produce additively manufactured components for a serial production commercial aircraft.

IAI Ltd. is Israel’s largest aerospace and defense company and a globally recognized technology and innovation leader, specializing in developing and manufacturing advanced, state-of-the-art systems for air, space, sea, land, cyber and homeland security. Since 1953, the company has provided advanced technology solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide. IAI also designs and manufactures business jets and aerostructures, performs overhaul and maintenance on commercial aircraft and converts passenger aircraft to refueling and cargo configurations.

“Together, Carpenter Additive and IAI are pioneering the use of this technology for new platforms and applications,” said Marshall Akins, Carpenter Technology’s Vice President, Aerospace Markets.  “This collaboration speaks to the trust major aerospace entities like IAI have in Carpenter Additive’s capabilities, and to IAI’s forward-leaning vision to rapidly realize the benefits of this technology.”

Carpenter Technology and IAI
Carpenter’s AM metal powder atomization facility.

This partnership will result in IAI’s first metallic additively-produced parts, which are expected to provide significant manufacturing benefits and lay the groundwork for future design improvements and enhancements.  IAI is working closely with Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority for approval of the parts, which when accomplished will represent the first time this technology has been approved for commercial use in Israel.

Carpenter Technology, through its Carpenter Additive business unit, is producing the parts and providing supporting information to assist with their approval. “We are pleased to see the fruits of our development efforts leading towards the certification of a flight-worthy metallic additively manufactured part,” says Zvi Genisher, VP & General Manager, Engineering & Development Division, IAI Aviation Group. “We look forward to strengthening our collaboration with Carpenter Additive.”

Both companies are exhibiting at the Paris Air Show. Visitors can find Carpenter Technology’s booth in Hall 5, E232, and IAI’s stand at chalet #208A.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree. Specializing in covering the AM industry, he founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. Since 2016 he is also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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