H.C. Starck and Rapid Prototype and Manufacturing (rp+m) have agreed to develop advanced, innovative products using the latest 3D printing technology and metal manufacturing. The agreement will promote development synergies by combining H.C. Starck’s strengths in fabrication of technology metals with those of rp+m, a provider of additive manufacturing solutions. Both companies plan to develop new-technology materials and alloys, products and technologies using additive manufacturing tools.

With 3D printing, a single-piece molybdenum or tungsten component for medical imaging equipment can be produced more efficiently and to the most exacting specifications. Also, additive manufacturing provides the capability to rapidly develop prototype products all the way to production levels. According to rp+m, the company will accelerate focused efforts on its technology in refractory metals for additive manufacturing with H.C. Starck.