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.
Tekna Plasma Systems Inc., a manufacturer of metal powder, will invest up to $128 million over five years to expand its global manufacturing output and boost its innovation capability. The project will help the Sherbrooke, Quebec-based company increase its capacity to over 1,000 tons per year and includes expanding manufacturing floor space, the purchase of production equipment and resources for product development efforts. The investment reflects Tekna’s long-term commitment to the 3D-printing market.
The HC Series is a standard set of rotary furnaces that are configured to order and available in a number of variations, dependent on specifications for temperature, tube length, heated length, diameter and number of zones.
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.
Lockheed Martin and Arconic announced a two-year joint development agreement (JDA) to develop customized lightweight material systems and advanced manufacturing processes, such as metal 3D printing, to advance current and next-generation aerospace and defense solutions – including new structures and systems not currently in existence. This JDA is part of an initiative to develop next-generation advanced materials and manufacturing processes.
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.
Penn State researchers received a grant worth approximately $535,000 to install a state-of-the-art, super-finishing laboratory for 3D-printed metal parts. The machinery will provide the subtractive processing capability necessary to transform printed parts into components ready for product assembly.
This article will review areas where the auto industry is already leveraging 3D-printing technology and the role of metal powders and industrial gases in several AM processes that involve laser metal fusion and laser metal deposition.
The introduction of additive-manufactured (AM) advanced silicon carbide (SiC), including 3D-printed shapes, opens up a new window of opportunity for end-users, designers and manufacturers of high-temperature heating equipment.