Gefertec GmbH, Berlin, Germany, reports that it is expanding its metal Additive Manufacturing reach in Asia by supplying two of its 3DMP® machines to two Asian-based companies.
One of the companies is MMT Duncha, a member of the MMT Corporate Group based in Pyeongtaek, Korea, which specialises in the production of high-quality titanium parts for aerospace and general industrial applications, which has invested in an arc405. With this recent machine investment, MMT Duncha plans to strengthen its R&D activities in Additive Manufacturing with the aim to replace or supplement the current standard method of milling semi-finished products.
Seok Kyoo Park, MMT General Manager, stated, “We are convinced that 3DMP is the most promising concept for Additive Manufacturing – especially for aircraft parts, where validation is extremely demanding.”
According to Gefertec, the 3DMP process which is used in all its arc machines is based on proven arc welding technology with wire as the starting material. This is said to make it easier to handle and faster than powder-based AM processes and wire is available at significantly lower prices for most standard materials.
The second company, Japanese-based Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), is also installing an arc405 at its Hitachi site. MHPS is reportedly planning to join forces with Gefertec in the field of materials research and will be using the machine to develop and test new materials for gas turbines.
“We have been very successful with our current internationalisation strategy,” stated Tobias Röhrich, Gefertec Managing Director. “Our 3DMP process developed in-house has enabled us to meet the needs of many customers worldwide.”