Höganäs AB, Sweden, has announced that its Digital Metal division has expanded production capacity and staffing levels following increased interest in the company’s Additive Manufacturing technology.
The Digital Metal process involves a unique proprietary precision ink-jet technology for making complex metallic components. The system works by laying down powdered metal in thin layers, interspersed with a special ink/glue. Once complete the object is sintered for strength, resulting in a metal component with high resolution and tolerance.
Two new Digital Metal printers designed in-house at Höganäs will be added to its facility at the end of Q3 2014. Total capacity will then consist of four Digital Metal printer systems with increases in the necessary staff to meet market demand.
“The interest is based on our ability to offer a combination of good tolerances, surface finish and detailed accuracy. These benefits are further enhanced by the ability to offer high productivity. The printing takes place at room temperature without melting, and post treatment is facilitated by eliminating the need of building support,” stated Ralf Carlström, Director Digital Metal. “Digital Metal will continue to build more printers based on the evolving market demands.”
Digital Metal’s components are currently predominantly made from stainless steel, however other materials such as titanium, silver and copper are stated as being close to commercialisation.