8/18/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

Norsk Titanium to Build Industrial-Scale AM Plant in New York

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The facility is said to be the world’s first industrial-scale metal AM plant.

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Norsk Titanium AS has announced that the state of New York, in partnership with SUNY Polytechnic Institute, has placed an order for an initial lot of 20 of the company’s Merke IV rapid plasma deposition (RPD) machines. The order is in accordance with an approved state budget allocation to facilitate Norsk Titanium’s U.S. subsidiary building and operating what is said to be the world’s first industrial-scale metal additive manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh, New York, which will be operational by the end of 2017.

Under the terms of the deal, Norsk Titanium US will provide additional investment into the Plattsburgh operation that is expected to bring the total program commitment to the $1 billion level over the initial 10-year period of operations. A $125 million New York investment in the Norsk Titanium U.S. Plattsburgh factory was approved in the 2016-2017 state budget and first highlighted by Governor Cuomo on April 1, 2016, during the North County Highlights budget address in Albany.

Norsk Titanium US is also partnering with the North County Chamber of Commerce in Plattsburgh to support and promote the successful launch and growth of Norsk’s industrial-scale factory including workforce training, economic development and STEM outreach including specific educational programs for SUNY Plattsburgh, local community colleges and other schools in the region.

Norsk Titanium’s RPD process works by feeding titanium wire into a set of plasma torches protected by a cool argon environment. According to the company, components made this way have equivalent strength to forgings, but are delivered inexpensively and efficiently, with unprecedented part cost and design-to-market speeds.

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