The Digital Manufacturing Centre (DMC), Towcester, Northamptonshire, UK, has been recognised as an approved supplier of additively manufactured Scalmalloy® components. Scalmalloy is a high-strength aluminium alloy from APWORKS GmbH, Taufkirchen, Germany, and as part of the supplier certification DMC were required to have Scalmalloy parts inspected by the APWORKS team. The parts that the DMC made were reported to be of very high quality, placing them within the top 1% of Scalmalloy suppliers worldwide in terms of part quality.
Kieron Salter, Chief Executive Officer at the DMC, stated, “The DMC team is focussed on solving customer challenges, whether that means engineering for application, producing high-quality components at short notice, or bringing new high-performance AM materials to the UK market. British companies working at the frontier of their industry now have a highly qualified and knowledgeable approved supplier to help them take advantage of this revolutionary material and process.”
Scalmalloy is claimed to be the highest strength aluminium alloy available for AM, offering performance equivalent to high-strength 7000 series alloys. The material combines a tensile strength of 520 MPa and yield strength of 480 MPa with excellent ductility, making it suitable for highly loaded and safety-critical parts.
The performance and environmental resistance of Scalmalloy components have been demonstrated in a diverse array of environments, such as space, racing yachts decks and the racing car drivetrains. While alloying elements are usually detrimental to corrosion resistance, Scalmalloy uses a strengthening mechanism to achieve a level of corrosion resistance equivalent to a 5000 series aluminium alloy.
“Scalmalloy is a fantastic addition to our capabilities – particularly for our space, aerospace and motorsport customers,” added Salter. “Not only is it relatively straightforward to process, but it also offers many incredible performance benefits. Perhaps most importantly, it has a proven track record with established use in some of the most demanding applications in the world.”