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TCT Launch: new materials, machines and R&D team

30 September 2015 ...

Launching at the TCT Show, NEC Birmingham today, we’re showcasing how our latest material developments, metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) machine acquisitions and recruitment within our R&D team reinforces our position in the UK market with one of the largest independent metal AM capacities and as a strong competitor within the European market.

Materials development is a key area for us, and the level of in-house knowledge and expertise within our R&D team enables us to work closely with customers and partners to develop, test and launch new materials. The team recently produced their first successful Pure Copper product, a Concept Heat Exchanger, demonstrating the material’s thermal and electrical conductivity properties. Metal AM technology has previously only been used to produce Copper Alloy products, never a Pure Copper part.

More recently, we launched Commercially Pure Titanium. This well-known light metal is characterised by ductility and corrosion resistance combined with low specific weight and biocompatibility.  Ideal for many high-performance engineering applications within aerospace, the chemical industry, offshore applications and production of biomedical implants, parts can be machined, spark-eroded, welded, micro shot-peened, polished and coated if required.

Our metal AM facility now totals eleven EOS laser sintering machines, enabling us to offer high performance, reliability and, more importantly, repeatability, generating consistent parts with the same mechanical properties over and over again.

With the increased number of machines and 24/7 production, customers can now benefit from faster lead-times and a greater range of materials available at all times. With a significant change in the marketplace with customers increasingly asking for serial production parts, this increase in machinery means that we now have both the capacity and the expertise to meet these demands.

Furthermore, our existing R&D team has recently expanded to include two Metallurgists and a Chemist. They’ve also invested in new inspection equipment, including a 3D scanner, a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and a Tensile machine. Working on R&D projects with over £2.5million worth of funding, the team are developing processes to ensure customers have 100% production quality assurance in the parts supplied to them.

These latest developments reinforce our commitment to build parts with the best accuracy, surface finish and mechanical properties that metal AM can provide, in the shortest lead-times possible. And we do this whilst pursuing the highest standards of excellence in our customer service and delivery, recognised by the quality standards we have been awarded; we were the first AM company in the UK to hold all three quality standards AS 9100 Rev C, ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003.

Come and see us on Stand E33 today or tomorrow – you can register online to save time on arrival, entry is free and there’s an impressive line-up of guest speakers at free to attend Seminar and Conference sessions.  And our technical experts will be on our stand to answer all your questions about metal and plastic Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing.

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