Addman Engineering expands its refractory metals expertise with the acquisition of Castheon

January 4, 2022

Castheon produced the first ever refractory turbine blade (Courtesy Castheon)

Addman Engineering, headquartered in Bonita Springs, Florida, USA, has acquired Castheon Inc., a provider of Additive Manufacturing technologies for mission-critical space applications, based in Thousand Oaks, California, USA.

“This investment affirms Addman’s strategic proposition in space,” commented Joe Calmese, Addman CEO. “We believe that the technologies created by Dr Gao will revolutionise the Additive Manufacturing industry and transform thinking around component development for the end markets that Castheon serves. Dr Gao’s accomplishments represent the cutting-edge of Additive Manufacturing, especially in refractory metals applications and solutions for the space industry.”

Founded by Dr Youping Gao in 2016, Castheon is a developer of AM processes that aim to expand the use of traditionally difficult to manufacture refractory metals. Castheon partners with spacecraft companies to design, develop, and additively manufacture complex components with quick turnaround times.

Dr Gao stated, “Castheon has made major breakthroughs in technology to print refractory metals, including demonstrated success in difficult applications such as reaction control system (RCS) thrusters for spacecraft customers. Castheon’s technology and know-how, combined with Addman’s scale and resources, will supercharge the next chapter of Castheon’s growth. Addman brings a national manufacturing and engineering footprint with over 300 employees, dozens of Additive Manufacturing machines and key quality certifications, and over 100 traditional subtractive machines to Castheon’s customer base.”

Kevin Wilken, Partner at American Industrial Partners (AIP), the parent company of Addman, added, “The ability to efficiently produce certain refractory metals via Additive Manufacturing is a breakthrough for customers who depend on high temperature structural components. Castheon’s offerings, which include solutions to print niobium and other refractory metals, have the potential to transform the way additive serves advanced industries. AIP is fully committed to support the continued growth of the combined company. We welcome Dr Gao to the Addman team and look forward to delivering innovative solutions that enable our customers’ success.”

www.ADDMANgroup.com

www.americanindustrial.com

www.castheon.com

In the latest issue of Metal AM magazine

Download PDF
 

Extensive AM industry news coverage, as well as the following exclusive deep-dive articles:

  • The GRCop story: The development, production and Additive Manufacturing of NASA’s rocket engine alloys
  • Formnext 2023: Innovations in metal Additive Manufacturing from the industry’s leading international exhibition
  • Cybersecurity in Additive Manufacturing: Securing the industry’s future
  • Additive Manufacturing in the jewellery industry: exploring the potential of platinum and titanium
  • Mission possible: The five-year plan to gain FAA and EASA acceptance of in-process monitoring

The world of metal AM to your inbox

Don't miss any new issue of Metal AM magazine, and get the latest industry news. Sign up to our twice weekly newsletter.

Sign up

Discover our magazine archive…

The free to access Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of metal Additive Manufacturing from a commercial and technological perspective through:

  • Reports on visits to leading metal AM part manufacturers and industry suppliers
  • Articles on technology and application trends
  • Information on materials developments
  • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
  • International industry news

All past issues are available to download as free PDFs or view in your browser.

Browse the archive

Looking for AM machines, metal powders or part manufacturing services?

Discover suppliers of these and more in our comprehensive advertisers’ index and buyer’s guide, available in the back of Metal AM magazine.

  • AM machines
  • Process monitoring & calibration
  • Heat treatment & sintering
  • HIP systems & services
  • Pre- & post-processing technology
  • Powders, powder production and analysis
  • Part manufacturers
  • Consulting, training & market data
View online
Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap