Titomic and Gilmour have signed a statement of strategic intent and technical development that will facilitate their co-operation across multiple exciting fields within the global space industry.
James Gilmour, Gilmour Space co-founder and chief operating officer, stated, "Gilmour Space is developing new launch vehicles to support today’s global small satellite market, and this partnership could see us leveraging on Titomic's innovative manufacturing processes to produce lighter and stronger components for our orbital launch vehicles."
The areas of co-operation are:
- Performing R&D works to fabricate and produce rocket components using Titomic’s TKF systems;
- Explore, design and develop a digital manufacturing process to deliver high performance rocket components; and
- The production of rocket and space components to benefit Australia’s future space exploration activities.
Titomic was incorporated in 2014 to commercialise a new solid-state metal additive manufacturing technology, developed by the CSIRO, known as Titomic Kinetic Fusion (TKF).
The technology enables both manufacturing of large-size metal parts and high-volume production of complex-shaped parts of dissimilar metals.
Nathanael Miller, chief technology officer of Titomic, stated, "I am excited to get started on our joint tech-development program. Between the Gilmour Space focus on launch economics and the scale and quality performance of Titomic Kinetic Fusion capabilities, I am expecting significant implications for the launch vehicle community."
Jeff Lang, Titomic founder and managing director, echoed Miller's sentiments, saying, "This is an exciting new development for Titomic to share a commercially strategic vision to deliver unique capabilities of advanced technologies to assure growth of the Australian space eco-system.
"The Gilmour Space strategy, for lower cost access to launch satellites into space by affordable high-performance rockets, is in synergy with Titomic’s capability to provide an affordable alternative to traditional manufacturing by utilising the unique capabilities of Titomic Kinetic Fusion (TKF) technology."
With a current capability at Titomic’s Melbourne bureau to manufacture titanium and other metal parts of up to nine metres long and three metres wide, the TKF technology is currently the only metal additive manufacturing process (3D printing) capable of manufacturing rockets in a single piece as well as other space components.
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