Boeing has just signed a contract with Norwegian company Norsk Titanium for its first structural 3D-printed titanium parts for use in its 787 Dreamliners, Reuters reports.
While 3D printing titanium may sound exotic, the move is actually a cost saving measure that Norsk Titanium estimates could save Boeing as much as $3 million per plane if Boeing takes to printing as many parts out of titanium as it can. But to begin with, Norsk will only print four different parts, after long negotiations and cooperation with both Boeing and the FAA. By 2018, the pair hope to expand the variety of parts printed for use in Boeings roughly 144 Dreamliners produced each year.
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