Digital Metal,the 3D binder jetting subsidiary of leading metal powder producer Höganäs AB,has signed two private agreements with companies in European automotive and aerospace industries. In addition, the UK National Center for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry has become the latest recipient of the company's DM P2500 metal 3D printer.
"Digital Metal's technology offers great potential for metal AM productivity and capability," says Usama Attia, Technical Specialist at the NCAM.
Digital Metal 3D printing in automotive and aerospace
Digital Metal’s 3D printing expertise is in producing small and geometrically complex components. Its binder jetting technology is designed to capture fine details at a high resolution of 35 μm.
According to latest figures from the company, through in-house contract services it has more than 30 different components in serial production, with some volume orders reaching up to as many as 40,000 parts per year.
Partnership with the MTC
On track to become the UK's central hub for additive manufacturing technologies, the MTC is connected with over 100 engineering industry members including LPW, Siemens, Airbus and EOS.
Speaking in relation to the new Digital Metal system NCAM specialist Attia, comments, “I am particularly impressed by the production speed, and the quality of the parts produced are comparable to MIM in terms of level of details, tight tolerances and quality of surface finish, with the added advantage of geometrical complexity.”