Freemelt AB, located in Mölndal, Sweden, has announced it will supply IHI Europe Ltd with a second Freemelt ONE Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-EB) Additive Manufacturing machine at its research site in Cambridge, UK. Delivery is expected in the fourth quarter of 2023.
IHI Europe is a part of IHI Group, a global enterprise headquartered in Japan. Since its founding in 1853, IHI has worked to contribute to the development of society through technology, designing and building progressive engineering solutions for people and the planet. In line with this, in 2019, IHI Europe Ltd alongside IHI Corporate R&D established IHI Additive Lab, a site dedicated to advancing the development of Additive Manufacturing technologies.
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“I’m so proud and excited that a global leading engineering company like IHI is extending their trust to Freemelt by adding a second Freemelt ONE machine into their operation,” commented Daniel Gidlund, CEO, Freemelt. “This shows that our products and services are providing great value over time to our customers. It’s also extra great to see that Freemelt ONE is fulfilling the demand and expectations from industrial customers, regarding material process and application development. Freemelt has a unique product-offering, supporting the customer from initial material research and product development to a seamless transfer to mass production in the industrial machine eMELT. We look forward to the continued collaboration with IHI and have high expectations for the outcome.”
IHI Europe’s Head of Advanced Technology Development, Rachel Jennings commented, “Our very first Freemelt ONE system was purchased in the first half of 2019, at which point it had already been three months since we started the journey with Freemelt. The experience gave me a unique insight into its development, and it’s been incredibly rewarding to see and be part of the huge progress the machine has made since then. The open architecture of the Freemelt ONE is allowing IHI Europe to discover new, innovative and unique ways of processing materials. I hope Freemelt and IHI Europe can continue to work together to open the AM landscape to new and exciting materials.”
Freemelt ONE is optimised for materials research to introduce new materials and products in industrial applications faster. Freemelt offers PBF-EB Additive Manufacturing technology and extensive knowledge and experience in titanium, tungsten and copper material process-development for mass production applications.