Freemelt AB, located in Mölndal, Sweden, has announced sales of its Freemelt Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-EB) Additive Manufacturing machine to two new customers, with the Institute for Nuclear Research (ATOMKI) in Hungary and a Turkish university both placing orders.
The Institute for Nuclear Research has ordered a Freemelt ONE for research in nuclear material science, where the AM machine is well-suited for high-temperature materials commonly used in fusion and fission reactors.
ATOMKI is a leading facility in the field of atomic and nuclear physics in Hungary. The Freemelt ONE machine has a periscope function that allows monitoring of the production process while a component is being made. This feature is enabled by the unique Freemelt technology.
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“We are happy that the collaboration with MTA Atomki now has resulted in an order of our Freemelt ONE machine,” shared Daniel Gidlund, Freemelt’s CEO. “We see an increased activity and interest from the energy sector, and this order is an important step and confirmation of the value that Freemelt and Additive Manufacturing technology can bring to the energy transformation.”
“An important part of our offering is that our customers can develop, evaluate and test material processes in our research machine Freemelt ONE and when ready, transfer them seamlessly into high-volume production through our industrial machine eMELT. We see this new order as an important a milestone on our journey to be a market leading supplier of metal 3D printing solutions,” added Gidlund.
Professor, Dr Kalman Vad, ATOMKI, added, “Freemelt ONE will be used for research in surface science, surface topology, which means creation of new surface structures and composite materials via non adiabatic alloying, based on opportunity of a fast-moving powerful electron beam. The open architecture and free parametrisation of the properties of the beam makes Freemelt ONE an ideal tool for research purposes.”
The second order came courtesy of a Turkish university who will use the machine for Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-EB) Additive Manufacturing process development, application development and material characterisation. The Freemelt ONE is optimised for material research, enabling faster introduction of new materials and products in industrial applications. Delivery of the order is expected in the first quarter of 2024.
Gidlund commented, “We are proud of this new order, which is our second in just a few days. It is a strong confirmation of the value Freemelt’s solutions brings to the research of materials development and to the Additive Manufacturing industry. Right now, we see an increasing interest for applications in various business verticals such as medical implants, electromobility, defence and renewable energy. It’s very exciting to see how suitable Freemelt ONE is for various purposes. This customer will use the machine for academic purposes, material development and characterisation, process development, application development for composite technologies, Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM), smart and digital manufacturing as well as data-oriented smart productions.”
Gidlund concluded, “Their aim is to establish a direct digital manufacturing platform for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and help the SME’s to increase their digital transformation and competitiveness. We are happy to add another university to our customer list and to take further steps towards establishing Freemelt as a market leading supplier of metal 3D printing solutions.”