Australian metal additive manufacturing company Titomic has made further inroads into the defense market, this time in the United States. The company has announced a strategic partnership with American global product development and technology company Triton Systems Inc through which its Titomic’s Kinetic Fusion (TKF) process will be implemented for validation through R&D projects with the United States Department of Defense (DoD).
The American defense market is worth roughly $60 billion, making it a highly interesting prospect for many manufacturing companies. Titomic’s metal AM technology, which uses supersonic particle deposition of metal powders to create industrial parts, has already been adopted in the defense industry and the company envisions the sector will become a key adopter. Last month, Titomic signed a AUD$25.5 million agreement with defense supplier Composite Technology.
With Triton, Titomic has signed a strategic agreement which will leverage the former’s access to the Department of Defense as well as its expertise with the TKF process. The goal is to apply the technology to further the DoD’s overarching mission to develop innovation products and solutions.
Jeff Lang, Titomic Managing Partner, commented on the partnership, saying: “The signing of this agreement with Triton Systems, a successful US technology venture company, represents a strong pathway to explore commercial opportunities within the US Department of Defense.”
Triton’s specific area of expertise is in bringing products to a validation stage, where DoD approval is given, leading to product manufacturing. The company will therefore play a vital role in bringing 3D printed parts made using the TKF process up to the standards of the US military. The validation process will assess several things, including performance in temperature extremes, robustness and durability under extreme conditions.
According to Titomic, this partnership will “fill an important performance gap for US DoD industrial-scale additive manufacturing and fusion of dissimilar metals.” To date, most metal AM production processes and materials have not met the stringent requirements of the DoD for certain mission critical applications.
“We are excited to bring Titomic’s cutting edge cold spray technology to our DoD customer base,” said David Model, COO of Triton Systems. “The defense community has been looking for the capability to quickly and flexibly manufacture large-scale parts using additive technology. We believe the TKF solution will allow Triton and Titomic to closely work with our DoD end users and prime partners to facilitate the qualification and adoption of critical additively manufactured parts for military platforms.”
The partnership will consist of six key areas of collaboration:
- Triton will leverage its DoD network and deliver 3D printed prototypes that demonstrate the capabilities of Titomic’s TKF process.
- The partners will work on a technology transfer program with the aim of up-skilling their respective technical teams
- The partners will explore opportunities for Triton to acquire one or more TKF systems at its facilities in the US.
- Before this, Titomic’s Melbourne TFK bureau will provide sample and prototyping fabrication services for Triton
- Triton will be a preferred distribution partner for TKF systems and materials in the US
- Triton will explore investment opportunities to fund TKF system acquisitions in the US.