Wall Colmonoy Limited, Pontardawe, Wales, UK, reports it has fully installed a Desktop Metal™ Shop System™, adding to the range of metal processing technologies offered through its Precision Components business. Reported to be the first installed Shop System in the UK, Wall Colmonoy can now offer binder jet (BJT) Additive Manufacturing in 17-4PH stainless steel, with Colmonoy® nickel and Wallex® cobalt alloys expected to follow.
Wall Colmonoy’s Precision Components division encompasses a 2200 m2 modern machining facility and 1765 m2 casting foundry, backed with fifty years of casting experience in wear-resistant alloys. The Desktop Metal Shop System is optimised for low- to medium-sized production runs, and is suitable for many applications within automotive, food processing, manufacturing, and marine industries.
“This latest purchase marks a new chapter for Wall Colmonoy and we are inspired by the possibilities of metal 3D printing to really expand what we can make. It’s exciting to be able to offer this route for customers who have smaller volumes or have parts that are difficult to cast,” stated Chris Weirman, Technical Director.
Wall Colmonoy also intends to use the printer to produce innovative new parts for its atomisation plant in Pontardawe. The possibilities of the Additive Manufacturing process are reported to be of great interest to the engineering team, who have earmarked several parts for development. AM will also allow Wall Colmonoy to quickly implement tooling improvements and reduce the downtime associated with waiting for replacement parts.