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Puris: Leading Global Metallurgists Create Largest Ever Complex 3D Printed Titanium Part

by • January 20, 2016 • 22s Comments

PurisLogoIt is pretty not uncommon in the 3D printing industry–or other sectors that are reaping the rewards of its uses–to hear that history is being created again. From the innovation itself that is constantly growing to countless innovations we learn of only about each day, the term ‘groundbreaking’ is being redefined continually.

Expansion may unquestionably be a great word to describe what companies like Puris are involved in regarding metal 3D printing, and this has been their undertaking since their inception not too long ago–as they arrived directly onto the scene as one of the only creaters of titanium powder in the world. And now, for anyone who can yet be doubting what the 3D printing device can do in terms of dimensions, they may want to check out the kind of history only being created over at Puris, with the sizeable-bodiedst complicated titanium part for commercial use having only been 3D printed.

37294-7749109Headquartered in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, Puris is synonymous as one of the major global creaters of titanium powder intended for 3D printing with metal. They in addition create other pre-alloyed powders, and employ a few of the most minds in metallurgy, thinking their team to be ‘pioneers in the evolution of spherical titanium powder atomization.’

“There is a lot of activity in this arena and sizeable-bodiedr parts have been printed, but we believe this is the sizeable-bodiedst complicated titanium part to be printed to date,” Puris’ CEO Craig Kirsch said. “The milestone was achieved by the combination of our team’s deep metallurgical and powder-production tremendousise and ExOne binder-jetting innovation. It is worthwhile that the part was systemed to full density and printed safely via inexpensive
, on the market powder.”

This huge titanium part measures around 19” x 19” x 11” and has a cross-section thickness of 0.375-inch. It weighs almost 31 pounds, according to Puris, whose sizeable-bodiedst question next the feat is: what now?

“We are actively working on a number of createment programs with other customers interested in delivering sizeable-bodied, 3D-printed parts into the additive making mainstream. Size is already constrained only by the printing device box itself, that presents innovation opportunities for ExOne to create sizeable-bodiedr direct-printing machines,” Kirsch said. “The current ExOne M-Print print box is 32” x 20” x 16”.”

Under the way of the Puris metallurgy team, this sizeable-bodied component was created at their Bruceton Mills plant specifically for an aerospace customer, via the M-Print 3D printing device, manufactured by ExOne, well known as a global provider of 3D printing machines, 3D printed products, materials, and services to industrial customers, provided through its nine PSCs, that are located in the United States, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Japan.

powderDue to ExOne’s binder-jetting innovation, they were able-bodied to print the part at room temperature, as well as avoid residual stress createup and the chemical and microstructural alters that are frequently synonymous with other metal 3D printing technologies. According to Kirsch, these aspects are all significant to fabricating the commercial parts.

Puris has printed sizeable-bodied parts via Inconel alloy powder as well, and is able-bodied to print with other high-performance alloys. Kirsch states on their website that they are a ‘true national asset,’ due to the tremendous metallurgists on stuff who are occupied creating new innovation and systemes for high high end metal powder to be utilized in the aerospace, car, healthcare and oil and gas industrie

On Tuesday, January 26th at 2 pm EST, Puris can be hosting a webinar to reveal additional details of the system of creating this sizeable-bodied titanium part, with Puris and AM&P editor Frances Richard in a live chat. Ahead of that, Puris has this to say of the creation of the part, nicknamed ‘Big Ben’:

“In analyzing innovation requirements for Big Ben Puris considered the inherent limitations of the different types of technologies. When heat is applied to titanium powder it can alter its chemical properties — for example, increasing the oxygen content or “burning off” aluminum. Binder-jetting innovation prints at room temperature, that preserves the chemical property requirements for Big Ben. Big Ben in addition required a high-strength microstructure. Heat can affect sure physical properties like microstructure, whereas binderjetting does not.

“A final reason Puris leveraged binderjetting for Big Ben was the elimination of residual stress that can create up with sizeable-bodiedr parts when via melting technologies. Eliminating stress createup worthwhilely reduced the time necessary to print Big Ben. Machine time is expensive and the reduction in printing time reduced cost and improved the turn around time. Puris was intentional in seeking a scalable-bodied system.”