Bodycote launches Powdermet technologies for Additive Manufacturing

July 28, 2017

Bodycote, Macclesfield, UK, has introduced a group of Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) processes for the production of complex metal components. According to Bodycote, its Powdermet® technologies incorporate new, patent-pending techniques which combine metal Additive Manufacturing with established Powder Metallurgy net shape and near net shape production techniques.

A key aim of the Powdermet process is to ensure complete powder consolidation and structural homogeneity and to eliminate internal porosity and unconsolidated powder flaws. According to its developers, the process can produce components with varying surface features and thicknesses, with higher structural integrity than alternative production techniques.

Stephen Harris, Bodycote Group Chief Executive, stated, “The recent breakthroughs are truly game-changing technologies for component design and manufacturing. Industry applications are wide-ranging, with early adoption expected in aerospace, oil and gas, power generation and mining”.

Bodycote continues to invest in resources and capital for the further development of Additive Manufacturing technologies. The company also provides a full range of heat treatment, Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) and Electrical Discharge Machining services across North America and Europe tailored specifically to support the needs of companies producing parts by metal AM.

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