Metals additive manufacturing technology company Titomic (ASX: TTT) has passed a substantial milestone successfully completing a trial order for a US defence customer.
The company, which is commercialising a CSIRO-derived 3D printing process known as Titomic Kinetic Fusion, completed the order for defence company TAUV Intelligent Armour Systems.
Under a $300,000 phase 1 contract, Titomic has supplied five Soldier System products manufactured from titanium using the TKF process.
This is “equipment which is intended to be personally carried, worn or deployed, used by military or civil security personnel and which enhance the individual and unit collective safety, lethality, mobility and connectivity” according to a company update.
Titomic managing director, Jeff Lang said: “The successful delivery of the TAUV prototypes in just a matter of months further demonstrates the superior economics of TKF metal AM to compete.
“(This is) not only with other additive manufacturing companies, but with traditional methods like investment casting, metal injection moulding and CNC.”
Lang said the TAUV project was a world first for additive manufactured Titanium defence products and realises Titomic Kinetic Fusion viability for commercial mass production.
“This is a significant milestone for Titomic’s commercial revenue opportunities.”
TAUV CEO, Nathan Kalisch said initial testing showed the Titomic products had superior performance capabilities.
Kalish said: “If all of the results continue to progress positively, these TKF produced products will provide TAUV with a significant market advantage over our competitors who are manufacturing using traditional methods.”
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