A gamechanging technology
NTi has developed and industrialized a game changing technology for the production of Titanium components that significantly improves the processes throughout the value chain; from production of the main raw material used in our process, Titanium wire, to the manufacturing of complex parts and components in pure Titanium and Titanium alloys.
NTi’s patented plasma arc based Direct Metal Deposition (DMD) technology is the first globally and commercially available technology of its kind. NTi’s DMD technology enables large-scale, fully programmable means of achieving large and complex near net shape parts for industrial applications…
FInished componentsOur manufacturing method also allows us to customize the material properties to meet any unique customer demand that does not follow standard material properties.
Semi-fInished componentsOur manufacturing method also allows us to customize the material properties to meet any unique customer demand that does not follow standard material properties.
Rapid prototype components
Rapid prototype componentsOur manufacturing method also allows us to customize the material properties to meet any unique customer demand that does not follow standard material properties.
Supplement partsOur manufacturing method also allows us to customize the material properties to meet any unique customer demand that does not follow standard material properties.
Our patented plasma arc based
Direct Metal Deposition technology
Traditionally, complex Titanium components are machined from milled or forged material. This method has drawbacks like long raw material lead times, significant machining time and cost, and a high degree of wastage. Traditional production methods also have limitations when it comes to design and shapes.
Near net shape: Less waste, reduced cost
NTi’s production method allows for much greater flexibility. By melting wire, metal is deposited directly to a substrate building up a near-net-shape component with greatly reduced need for machining. This method provides substantially lower wastage, greater production flexibility, reduced costs and environmental benefits compared to traditional production methods.
Short production time
Our turnaround time, from order to finished component, is greatly reduced compared with traditional methods, because we are able to produce a wide variety of components using a computer program and a limited warehouse selection of plates, pipes and wire alloys. We are also able to repair any Titanium component in an efficient manner and within a short time frame.
DMD – Direct Metal Deposition is an additive layer manufacturing (ALM) technology. The process is used for building up structures by adding material layer by layer. This way, we achieve a near net shape structure or component. This as opposed to traditional subtractive manufacturing methodologies, such as traditional machining, where material is removed.
Flexibility and quality
Contrary to other ALM technologies on the market, NTi’s technology enables high industrial productivity rates, the ability to produce large and small components, and unsurpassed process monitoring and control. Production cost and lack of design flexibility have traditionally been limiting factors in the utilization of Titanium. Our ambition is to provide reduced cost and production flexibility to existing users of Titanium components, as well as to make Titanium affordable for applications where traditional methods today make it impractical.
Qualified for the aerospace industry
Spirit AeroSystems [NYSE: SPR] and NTi have worked closely to develop NTi’s DMD process for producing Ti6Al4V material for use in commercial aerospace applications. Together the companies have achieved technology readiness level six (TRL6), demonstrating the ability to meet aerospace material requirements and confirming the capability of NTi’s material to meet the requirements for aircraft structural components.
The tier 1 supplier and NTi are currently working under a cooperative agreement to complete qualification of the process that will lead to widespread aerospace application. The qualification effort is expected to be complete in 2015 allowing structural designers to use the DMD process for new and existing airplane programs.
NTi’s key value proposition to the market is to produce and deliver complex Titanium components with:
• The right material quality
• Lower cost
• Shorter lead time
• Increased design flexibility
• Reduced carbon footprint (less wastage, less energy)
• Improved quality assurance
We also offer services related to our product deliveries, depending on customer needs and requirements. Our manufacturing method allows us to customize the material properties to meet any unique customer demand that does not follow standard material properties.
Offshore fire safety components
Production and qualifications
NTi’s production capabilities are modular and thus very flexible. When demand increases, we are able to quickly scale up our collective capabilities to meet customer requirements. Our latest investments include a state-of-the-art production unit, enabling comprehensive process control and fabrication of components up to 120 x 120 x 180 cm (max. length 215 cm).
Our QMS is certified by Det Norske Veritas according to ISO 9001:2008 and EN 9100:2009. Operating procedures, work instructions and other management documents are implemented to ensure production in accordance to our customers’ requirements.
NTi is currently qualified according to NORSOK M-650. We have delivered fittings, flanges and tools for the offshore oil and gas industry, and we have approved products for the seismic industry.