GKN Powder Metallurgy opened its new North American headquarters and additive-manufacturing (AM) customer center in Auburn Hills, Mich. The 38,260-square-foot facility expands the company’s global 3D-printing network and extends its scope of in-house powder-metallurgy capabilities. Housing over 80 employees from the three GKN Powder Metallurgy businesses (Hoeganaes, GKN Sinter Metals and GKN Additive), the facility includes a 3,200-square-foot AM Customer Center equipped with two direct metal laser sinter (DMLS) printers.
Kobe Steel Ltd. plans to invest approximately $16 million to increase the production capacity of its steel powder plant in Takasago, Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan. The production capacity of steel powder products will increase to 110,000 metric tons per year from the current 96,000 metric tons per year. Mass production is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2021. Kobe Steel will install another reduction furnace to enable higher treatment temperatures than the current furnaces.
Atlas Pressed Metals started construction on a 45,000-square-foot addition to its powdered-metal-component manufacturing plant in DuBois, Pa. The expansion, which is scheduled to be completed in October, will bring the facility to 100,000 square feet and allow for installation of larger-tonnage presses. Atlas’ on-site powdered-metal capabilities include sinter-hardening, machining, inspection and materials testing.
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.
Braidy Industries finalized its acquisition of 100% of the outstanding equity of MIT-incubated ultrahigh-strength alloy and powder-metallurgy provider Veloxint. The manufacturing base for Veloxint will be co-located with Braidy Industries’ aluminum rolling mill in Ashland, Ky. Veloxint’s research and prototyping facilities will continue to be located in the Boston area and will be expanded in scope.
Metal Powder Products LLC (MPP) acquired NetShape Technologies Inc., a manufacturer and solutions provider of engineered metal components using powdered metal and metal injection molding (MIM) technologies headquartered in Floyds Knobs, Ind. According to MPP, the acquisition creates a global leader in powdered-metal manufacturing and provides MPP with key strategic additions such as MIM capabilities.