HRE Wheels and GE Additive unveiled the first titanium wheel created using electron-beam melting (EBM) technology, a type of 3D printing. With a traditional aluminum Monoblok wheel, 80% of material is removed from a 100-pound forged block of aluminum to create the final product. With additive manufacturing, only 5% of the material is removed and recycled, making the process far more efficient. Titanium also has a much higher specific strength than aluminum and is corrosion resistant, allowing it to be extremely lightweight. Known as HRE3D+, this new prototype wheel shows how advanced materials like titanium can be harnessed to create complex designs. The wheel was produced on two Arcam EBM machines in five separate sections then combined using a custom center section and titanium fasteners.
Carpenter Technology Corp. acquired LPW Technology Ltd. (LPW), a developer and supplier of advanced metal powders and powder lifecycle-management solutions to the additive-manufacturing industry, for approximately $81 million. LPW is based in Widnes, Cheshire (U.K.), with additional processing operations near Pittsburgh, Pa. The company employs about 80 people.
Sciaky Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries Inc., received an order from a southeast Asian aerospace parts manufacturer for a dual-purpose electron-beam additive-manufacturing (EBAM) and EB welding system. The hybrid machine will be customized with special controls to switch from 3D printing to welding in a quick and easy process. The company will utilize the system to 3D print metal structures and to weld dissimilar materials and refractory alloys for these structures and other aerospace parts.
Kaiser Aluminum Corp. acquired Imperial Machine & Tool Co., a provider of multi-material additive manufacturing and machining technologies for aerospace, automotive, defense and general industrial applications. Columbia, N.J.-based Imperial Machine & Tool provides multi-material expertise in aluminum, titanium, tantalum, molybdenum, nickel alloys, tungsten, cobalt chromium and stainless steel. The company offers a differentiated approach by combining traditional machining know-how and related technical capabilities with additive-manufacturing expertise.
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Rahul Panat and a collaborator at Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed a revolutionary new method of fabricating battery electrodes using Aerosol Jet 3D printing.
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.
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.
The March 2019 issue of Industrial Heating includes an editorial piece on the most viewed heat and corrosion resistant materials articles. Other features include "The Intersection of 3D Printing and Machine Learning", "Generating Hydrogen for Thermal Processing and Coatings", and much more.