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Alcoa (AA) Inaugurates 3D Printing Metal Powder Facility – Yahoo Finance

by • July 7, 2016 • No Comments

Aluminum giant Alcoa Inc. AA has announced its state-of-the-art, 3D printing metal powder production facility at the Alcoa Technology Center — the world’s biggest light metals research center. The company can create proprietary titanium, nickel and aluminum powders optimized for 3D printed aerospace parts at the facility.
Through the expansion, Alcoa can create materials with the specific properties needed to 3D print high-performance components. The company has devised many of the aluminum alloys which are already utilized in aerospace, based on its proficiency in metal-alloy createment   It can create materials with the explicit properties which are required for 3D-printed high-performance components.
The plant can in addition form a part of Arconic, next separation of Alcoa’s legacy commodity business in the 2nd half of 2016. The facility is part of a $60 million investment in high end 3D printing materials and systemes which builds on the Company’s 3D-printing capabilities in California, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Alcoa is in addition into advancing a number of additive techniques, along with its not long ago added Ampliforge system – a hybrid technique which combines additive and traditional making. With this system, the company creations and 3D prints a near-complete part and treats it via a conventional making system, such as forging. This system enhances the properties of 3D-printed parts, increases toughness and durablity compared with the parts created entirely by additive making. It in addition reduces material input considerably. Alcoa is piloting the technique in Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
Alcoa has been createing 3D-printed products for the last two decades. It owns and operates one of the world’s biggest Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) complexes in aerospace. The company was in addition selected by Airbus to donate 3D-printed titanium fuselage and engine pylon parts for commercial aircrafts. Alcoa expects to donate the initially additive manufactured parts under the deal later in 2016.
Alcoa’s shares closed roughly 0.8% lower at $9.19 on Jul 6.
 

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