Carpenter Technology to Open AM Technology Center in Alabama
Carpenter Technology Corp. announced plans to add an Emerging Technology Center on its Athens, Ala., campus. The facility will initially focus on additive-manufacturing (AM) technology development, with future investments slated for meltless titanium powder and soft magnetics. The company expects to invest $52 million in the Emerging Technology Center, which will create approximately 60 jobs over the next five years and is expected to open in approximately 12 months.
Carpenter’s 500,000-square-foot Alabama manufacturing facility, which opened in 2014, produces high-end specialty-alloy products primarily for the aerospace and energy markets. The Athens site was later expanded to produce superalloy powders used in applications including jet-engine disks and 3D-printed aircraft-engine components.
According to Carpenter, the Emerging Technology Center is where it will develop and implement solutions ranging from new alloys to revolutionary 3D-printed parts. The investment is aligned with the company’s business strategy of becoming a complete end-to-end solutions provider in the AM area.