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Renishaw, a UK-based metal 3D printing company, has announced a partnership with British aerospace and defense company Aeromet International Limited. Through their collaboration, both companies are seeking to establish additive manufacturing process parameters for Aeromet’s new aluminum alloy, A20X.
The material, which recently debuted at the Paris Air Show, has the potential to be used with Renishaw’s metal 3D printing systems, and could have significant applications in producing parts for the aerospace, automotive, and energy sectors.
Renishaw - Aeromet - Processes - Settings - High-performance
By working together, Renishaw and Aeromet are hopeful they can establish optimal processes and settings for 3D printing the new high-performance aluminum alloy on Renishaw’s AM systems.
Aeromet’s new A20X family of materials includes the A205 casting alloy and AM205 powder for additive manufacturing, both of which are approved by the Metallic Materials Properties Development and Standardisation (MMPDS) organization.
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As the aerospace company explains, it initially developed the aluminum-copper alloy for the purpose of casting parts. Only recently has it branched out to offer an A20X powder that is suitable for use in additive manufacturing.
Aeromet describes its new material as possessing a “highly refined microstructure and a unique solidification mechanism.” These features reportedly give the material better strength, fatigue, and thermal characteristics than many other alloys.
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