In a recently announced strategic collaboration, GKN Powder Metallurgy will be the first company to deploy the HP Metal Jet, a binder-jetting technology, into its factories. GKN Powder Metallurgy will use HP Inc.’s 3D printer to produce functional metal parts for automotive companies including Volkswagen and for other industrial leaders.
This paper discusses the IVD process advantages when it comes to mitigating surface imperfections and providing corrosion and dissimilar metal protection, as well as the AM requirements for vacuum heat treatment processes.
Renishaw, a manufacturer of advanced metal additive-manufacturing (AM) systems, opened a new Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Center in Newbury Park, Calif. The facility is situated within Ibex Engineering’s headquarters and allows visitors to explore, interact with and use Renishaw's latest metal AM systems. The center will be equipped to print high-precision titanium parts on Renishaw's RenAM 500 series of laser powder-bed-fusion AM systems.
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.
Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) acquired New Britain, Conn.-based Addaero Manufacturing, a metal-alloy-based additive-manufacturing company for the aerospace and defense industries. The acquisition brings together ATI’s knowledge and experience in commercial aerospace and its powder-metal manufacturing capabilities with Addaero’s technical expertise to produce aerospace-quality parts using various additive-manufacturing technologies.
Quintus Technologies supplied a hot isostatic press (HIP) to Pankl Racing Systems new Pankl Additive Manufacturing Competence Center (PAMCC) in Kapfenberg, Austria. The press will complement Pankl’s heat-treatment facilities for HIP post treatment of AM parts for high-performance car and aviation customers. The PAMCC is an initiative of Pankl Racing Systems in collaboration with voestalpine/Böhler Edelstahl, EOS and Quintus Technologies.
Sciaky Inc. manufactured and delivered an electron-beam additive-manufacturing (EBAM) system to the Global Research & Innovative Technology (GRIT) facility of Hitachi Metals Ltd. in Kumagaya, Japan. The system includes a dual wire-feed configuration. With this configuration, Hitachi Metals can combine two different metal alloys into a single melt pool, managed with independent program control, to create custom alloy parts or ingots.