8/17/2017

Renishaw Partners with Aeromet on AM for Aluminum Alloy

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The two companies will establish process parameters and material properties for the use of Aeromet’s A20X aluminum alloy on Renishaw’s metal AM systems.

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Renishaw and Aeromet International Limited announced a collaboration to establish additive manufacturing process parameters and material properties for the use of Aeromet’s A20X aluminum alloy on Renishaw’s metal AM systems. They are also investigating a range of heat treatments to deliver optimum properties in additively manufactured components. The two companies will make the results available to their customers.

 A20X is a family of high-strength aluminum-copper alloy technologies with a refined microstructure and solidification mechanism designed to give it greater strength, fatigue and thermal characteristics compared to other alloys. Originally developed for casting, the family includes an AM205 powder for additive manufacturing. It is said to have a combination of strength, ductility and performance at high operating temperatures that makes it ideal for lightweight, stressed components in the aerospace, defense and automotive sectors.

According to Renishaw, the lasers in its metal AM systems, combined with the printers’ inert process environment and open parameters, are ideal for supporting new materials like A20X.

The two companies plan to release processing techniques and material properties information when they are available.            

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