Titanium is a super strong and light weight metal, and is ideally suited for many design projects ranging from recreational equipment to aircraft. But act now to lock up supplies if you hope to use it to any significant extent in the next several years. Reason: Major aircraft OEMs are securing projected needs through very long-term supply agreements. Boeing, Rolls-Royce, and most recently United Technologies Corp. have all signed long-term commitments to buy the material from major suppliers such as Timet, Allegheny Technologies and Russia’s Vsmpo-Avisma.
Ford will be the first automaker to commercially use Alcoa's tough & fast Micromill aluminum alloy process and materials, debuting on several 2016 F-150 truck components. Alcoa will also license its Micromill process and materials technology to Danieli Group.
NIST's new five-year strategic plan for its Material Measurement Laboratory lists additive manufacturing materials development as one of the main areas it will support by developing measurements, data, techniques, and models.
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