Boeing plans to partner with Norwegian company Norsk Titanium to produce additive titanium parts for the 787 Dreamliner. The 787 uses more titanium than similar planes given the carbon-fiber fuselage and wings, therefore using 3D printing, to make the parts would save Boeing an estimated $2 to $3 billion on each plane.
Boeing designed the components and both companies collaborated during the development process. The FAA certification process was completed in February of this year and officials expect the required permits to be in place soon.
Manufacturing is set to begin in Europe by the end of this year and will eventually move to Plattsburgh, New York.
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