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Alcoa Opens a 3D Printing Metal Powder Plant

by • July 6, 2016 • No Comments

Alcoa has opened their own state-of-the-art, 3D printing metal powder production facility. Located at the Alcoa Technology Center, one of the world’s biggest light metals research centers, the company can create proprietary titanium, nickel and aluminum powders optimized for 3D printed aerospace parts. Alcoa has in addition invested in a range of technologies to additional create additive systemes, product create and qualification.

“Alcoa is forging a leadership path in additive making with a sharp focus on the significant input material—metal powders,” said Alcoa Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Klaus Kleinfeld. “We are combining our expertise in metallurgy, making, create and product qualification to hustle beyond the possibilities of in these days’s 3D printing technologies for aerospace and other growth markets.”

Metal powders utilized for 3D printing durable, high-quality aerospace parts are on the market in limited quantities. Through this expansion, revealed in September 2015, Alcoa can create materials with the specific properties needed to 3D print high-performance components. Alcoa has a lot of expertise in metal alloy createment, having created many of the aluminum alloys utilized in aerospace in these days. Additionally, it has a 100-year history in aluminum metal powder production, primarily for rocket fuel, paint and other products.

The facility can become part of Arconic next separation of Alcoa’s traditional commodity business in the 2nd half of 2016. The plant is part of a $60 million investment in high end 3D printing materials and systemes that builds on the Company’s 3D printing capabilities in California, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Texas.


In addition to making powders, Alcoa focuses on advancing a range of additive techniques, that include its not long ago announced Ampliforge™ system. This is a hybrid technique that combines additive and traditional making. By via the Ampliforge™ system, Alcoa creates and 3D prints a near fish part, and so treats it via a traditional making system, such as forging. The system enhances the properties of 3D printed parts, increasing toughness and durablity in comparison to parts created solely by additive making, and significantly reduces the material input. Alcoa is piloting the technique in Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

Alcoa has manufactured 3D printed products for the past 20 years and owns and operates one of the world’s biggest Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) complexes in aerospace. HIP innovation strengand sos the metallic structures of traditional and additive manufactured parts created of titanium and nickel based super-alloys. Through the acquisition of RTI , Alcoa has gained 3D printing capabilities in titanium and other speciality metals for the aerospace market and other growth industries.

Demonstrating its leadership in additive making, Airbus not long ago selected Alcoa to donate 3D printed titanium fuselage and engine pylon parts for commercial aircraft. Alcoa expects to donate the additive manufactured parts under the agreement later this year.

Alcoa Aerospace

Alcoa’s aerospace businesses can be a key component of Arconic next Alcoa’s separation. Arconic can be a premier innovator of high performance multi-material products and solutions in alluring growth markets, that include aerospace. The separation remains subject to the satisfaction of sure conditions, that include obtaining final approval of the Alcoa Board of Directors, receipt of a affirmatory IRS ruling and opinions of Alcoa’s tax advisors regarding sure U.S. federal income tax matters and the effectiveness of the Form 10.

About Alcoa

A global leader in lightweight metals innovation, engineering and making, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance the world. Their technologies enhance transportation, of car and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products. They enable smart buildings, sustainable food and beverage packaging, high-performance defense vehicles across air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and additional efficient power generation. They have been said to have pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and in these days, additional than 58,000 individuals in 30 countries donate value-add products created of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and create best-in-class bauxite, alumina and major aluminum products.




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