ATI has been awarded a contract by Bechtel Plant Machinery to support the development of highly engineered component solutions in support of the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. In support of the contract, which calls for advanced manufacturing methods including metal additive manufacturing, ATI will build a dedicated additive manufacturing facility outside of Fort Lauderdale Florida.
This new center will combine ATI’s traditional manufacturing methods with the advanced processes of metal 3D printing. This positions ATI as a global leader in high-performance materials, particularly for the aerospace and defense industries. The facility offers capabilities for large-format 3D printing, heat treatment, milling and extensive inspection – all under the strictest safety and security requirements.
“With this facility, ATI will maximize its ability to deliver advanced additively manufactured materials and components by turning them into parts that further the defense industry,” said Kim Fields, President and Chief Operating Officer of ATI. “Our customers increasingly require more robust and versatile materials and components, produced in an ecologically sustainable manner. This facility will deliver both.” It is projected to come online in mid-2024.
“Within one facility, we’re combining the latest additive and advanced manufacturing technologies and ATI’s novel powder alloys. We bring decades of experience delivering solutions that power and protect. We’re well-positioned to deliver the next generation of manufactured components,” said Fields.
The fusion of ATI’s Forged Products and ATI Specialty Materials’ powder alloy expertise enables an optimized manufacturing chain.
“Additive manufacturing offers tremendous advantages to our Program, including accelerating ship construction, improving operational readiness, reducing costs, and an increase in warfighting capability,” said Barb Staniscia, President and General Manager of BPMI. “Metal additive manufacturing is driving necessary improvements in lead time, design, and performance for the US Navy.”
“As our customers blaze the trail of what’s possible, ATI is honored to partner with BPMI in developing and producing the materials and components that make these extraordinary achievements possible,” said Fields. The investment is included in the company’s existing capital expenditure guidance.