Titomic, an Australian company specialising in advanced manufacturing technologies, is gaining recognition for its revolutionary cold spray technology, known as Titomic Kinetic Fusion (TKF). With a focus on defence and aerospace applications, Titomic’s cold spray has emerged as a game-changing solution for additive manufacturing of aircraft components and efficient maintenance and repair processes.
Recently, the company has formed a partnership with Boeing, a leading aerospace manufacturer, to advance the flight qualifications of Titomic Kinetic Fusion components and further expand the application of cold spray technology in the industry.
Cold spray, also referred to as Titomic Kinetic Fusion®, operates by accelerating powder particles to supersonic speeds using high-pressure gas. These particles impact and adhere to a substrate surface, resulting in the creation of coatings or 3D parts.
Unlike traditional additive manufacturing processes that rely on heat for melting and fusion, cold spray operates at relatively low temperatures, below the melting point of the sprayed material. This characteristic enables the production of dense and strongly bonded coatings and parts that retain the original material’s properties. The versatility of cold spray allows for the application of various materials, including metals and ceramics, making it an ideal technology for aerospace applications.
One of Titomic’s major breakthroughs in aerospace is the additive manufacturing of aircraft components. By leveraging cold spray technology, Titomic can produce high-performance parts with exceptional weight and strength advantages. This capability has significant implications for the aerospace industry, as it enables the creation of lightweight, high-performance components that meet stringent safety and performance standards. Additive manufacturing with cold spray opens new possibilities for producing rocket nozzles, heat exchangers, ballistic panelling, and other critical aerospace components.
Moreover, Titomic’s cold spray technology has proven to be a reliable solution for the repair and maintenance of aircraft components. For years, cold spray has been successfully employed in the repair and upkeep of crucial parts, including gearboxes of Blackhawk helicopters. The cold spray process enables the restoration of damaged or worn-out components without the risks associated with traditional repair methods, such as welding. By avoiding heat-related distortions and heat-affected zones, Titomic’s cold spray ensures the preservation of the component’s integrity and performance.
The maintenance and repair capabilities of Titomic’s cold spray extend beyond aircraft gearboxes. The technology has been widely adopted for corrosion removal and geometry restoration in various aircraft systems, including airframes and engine components. Its ability to repair parts effectively and efficiently, without compromising structural integrity, makes it an invaluable asset for the aerospace industry.
Titomic is one of many Australian SMEs that is reinvigorating the Australian manufacturing landscape. With investment gradually building in the manufacturing and aerospace sectors once again, Titomic is set to play a considerable role in bringing Australian manufacturing capabilities back to their rightful place; the world stage. With its breakthrough advancements and strategic partnerships like Boeing, Titomic is at the forefront of transforming the aerospace industry with innovative and sustainable manufacturing techniques.