UK's NCAM Installs Digital Metal PrinterJuly 5, 2018
The National Center for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) at the Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) in Coventry, UK, has added a Digital Metal printer to its extensive range of advanced manufacturing equipment.
The printer will be available to both NCAM’s member companies and other organizations interested in testing the technology and the capabilities of binder jetting. This technology, not available anywhere else in the UK, provides an opportunity for industry to understand and utilize its unique capabilities, especially on small, highly complex, high-precision parts.
“It’s a very fast technology that can create complicated and highly detailed designs, and there is potential for wider material choice than with AM processes that use melting,” says Dr. David Brackett, AM Technology Manager at the NCAM. “We are delighted to offer this to the companies we work with.”The center also conducts advanced research in metal injection molding (MIM), which requires a similar set of post-processing steps to metal-binder jetting. “I am particularly impressed by the production speed [of the printer], 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,” says Usama Attia, technical specialist at the NCAM.
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