The American manufacturing company ATI Inc. will develop highly engineered parts for the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. The company was awarded a contract by Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc. (BPMI) and will utilize advanced manufacturing methods that will include metal additive manufacturing. The expected start date of the facility is in the middle of 2024.
ATI is known as a global producer of additive manufacturing solutions for the aerospace and defense sectors, in addition to high-performing materials. The company will provide a separate manufacturing facility near Fort Lauderdale, Florida for this purpose, which, apart from metal additive manufacturing, will provide heat treating, machining, and inspection capabilities.
As said by the President and Chief Operating Officer of ATI, Kim Fields, “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,”, adding that “Our customers increasingly require more robust and versatile materials and components, produced in an ecologically sustainable manner. This facility will deliver both.”
In addition, the company brings expertise from ATI Forged Products and ATI Specialty Materials to the development of this dedicated manufacturing facility. Fields added, “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.”
Furthermore, the President and General Manager of BPMI, Barb Staniscia, said “Additive manufacturing offers tremendous advantages to our Program, including accelerating ship construction, improving operational readiness, reducing costs, and an increase in warfighting capability,”, adding that “Metal additive manufacturing is driving necessary improvements in lead time, design, and performance for the US Navy.”
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ATI Inc. is an American producer of specialty metals and steel, and its key markets include aerospace and defense.