Additive manufacturing technology group AML3D today reported ‘ongoing success of its industry scale welding trials using innovative new (aluminium) alloy compositions’.
The company said its project with Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials developing new high strength aluminium-scandium welding wire for use in its wire arc additive manufacturing (WAM) process was progressing strongly.
According to a statement: “The new alloy development combined with AML3D’s technology will provide a clear completive advantage for AML3D and open new market opportunities for WAM for both new and existing customers.”
The new alloy is claimed to allow the creation of high strength, corrosion resistant WAM structures, ‘bespoke to AML3D’s WAM technology’.
“The success of the new development is expected to significantly increase current opportunities in both printer sales and contract manufacturing services.”
CEO Andrew Sales said the project was entering its final six months and opened new applications for its technology in automotive, resources, transport and shipbuilding sectors.
Sales said: “With our patented WAM technology well proven and approved for commercial use in many industries worldwide, we have been moving forward with building a pipeline of cutting-edge materials R&D that will allow us to easily manufacture components from exotic alloys offering huge benefits in strength and weight whilst offering all the cost and efficiency savings of additive manufacture.
“This is the first of some significant moves AML3D is making in this space with out technology partners and we will be issuing further updates around this materials engineering pipeline in the short term.”
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