• Titomic's 3D metal printer. Picture: Mark Stewart via The Advertiser
    Titomic's 3D metal printer. Picture: Mark Stewart via The Advertiser

Australian metal additive manufacturing company (3D printing), Titomic has signed its first Material Science Testing (MST) agreement with Fincantieri Australia.

This MST agreement follows the ASX announcement on 14 May of Titomic’s Memorandum of Understanding - with Fincantieri as the first step in the defined roadmap to evaluate the potential for Titomic’s additive manufacturing process, Titomic Kinetic Fusion, to be used in Fincantieri’s manufacturing activities.

The MST agreement will see Titomic perform a series of tests on a Fincantieri specified alloy, in accordance with International Standards of ASTM to achieve desired mechanical and chemical properties. The testing capabilities will include hardness, strength, porosity and chemistry analysis.

The outcome of the tests will provide Fincantieri with valuable technical information on material properties, performance, strength, durability and cost efficiencies of Titomic’s additive manufacturing process, Titomic Kinetic Fusion. This analysis takes into account Australian capabilities for manufacturing processes as well as component redesign to enhance material characteristics with the new process.

“We are pleased to kick off this first project with Fincantieri as part of our MoU,” Jeff Lang, CTO of Titomic said. “We will be producing test samples at our new state of the art facility in Melbourne in order to conduct the stringent tests required. This is the first step towards manufacturing large marine parts on our metal 3D printers of limitless scale.”

As part of the MOU, members of Titomic’s technology and operational team have also recently completed a visit to Riva Trigoso Shipyard in Italy, to have an in-depth understanding of Fincantieri mechanical components which are designed, developed and manufactured on-site as the first phase of marine technology transfer to Australia.

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