8/10/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

Oerlikon Joins America Makes

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The partnership will help the company strengthen its own additive manufacturing activities and offer new solutions to customers.


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Oerlikon announced that it has joined America Makes, the U.S. National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Through this partnership, Oerlikon becomes part of the America Makes network of organizations from academia, government, non-governmental agencies and industry, all of which are working together to innovate and accelerate the research, application and adoption of AM and 3D printing. As a member of America Makes, Oerlikon will be able to leverage this expert network and gain valuable expertise to strengthen its own AM activities and reinforce its foothold in the additive manufacturing sector.

Oerlikon offers a product portfolio of powders optimized for laser and electron beam AM processes. Its strategic aim through this partnership is to strengthen its offerings in surface solutions, components engineering and manufacturing technologies as well as advanced materials. The company says that AM is a promising technology that could allow it to provide customers with solutions that enhance their products, such as new material properties.

Dr. Roland Fischer, CEO of the Oerlikon Group, said: “We are seeing a growing demand for lighter materials, more durable properties and increased performance. AM has great potential to satisfy these requirements. At Oerlikon, we are ideally positioned to offer the unique combination of strong and established technology leadership in surface coatings, an extensive worldwide network of service centers, and the technological skills and product portfolio in metal powders from Oerlikon Metco. We look forward to being part of America Makes and working together with other leading industry experts to develop AM technologies and applications.”