Additive manufacturing technology company Titomic has partnered with French defence giant Thales to manufacture lighter and stronger titanium equipment for soldiers.
Under the agreement Titomic will use its Titomic Kinetic Fusion (TKF) manufacturing process to develop ways for Thales to produce soldier weapons systems for the Australian and UK defence forces.
The TKF process is licensed from CSIRO and is based on supersonic particle deposition of metal powders to create industrial scale parts and complex surface coatings.
Titomic is commercialising the application of cold-gas dynamic spraying of titanium or titanium alloy particles onto a scaffold to produce a load-bearing structure.
Titomic managing director Jeff Lang said: “This next generation of soldier system products will ensure our armed forces have the latest cutting-edge equipment that is lighter, stronger and higher performing, enabling therm to deliver mission success in demanding and dangerous environments.”
Soldier weapons systems director for Thales, Graham Evenden said industrialising research outcomes would help develop a resilient Australian capability that would pave the way for future export opportunities.
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