In order to develop and promote metal additive manufacturing (“AM”) solutions, the metal additive manufacturer, Sintavia, LLC has recently announced a partnership with Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (“TNSC”), a global provider of industrial gases and related welding solutions to precision industries.
This announcement followed the approval granted to Sintavia to additively manufacture flightworthy parts within Honeywell Aerospace as well as the announcement of the new advanced manufacturing plant of the company.
The partnership with Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation
The collaboration involves a technical collaboration to develop and commercialize gas flow processes that optimize the numerous benefits of metal additive manufacturing. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but include co-investment in Sintavia by TNSC.
“Gas flow dynamics are the single most important—and single most overlooked—aspect of successful quality AM builds,” said Brian R. Neff, Sintavia’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Tadaharu (Ted) Watanabe, TNSC’s General Manager of Global Business Development said speaking about this partnership: “We are excited to apply these many years of gas quality control and gas flow experience to the exciting and growing world of additive manufacturing. […] This partnership is also an extension of our overall strategy in the additive manufacturing market by investing and partnering with market leading Laser Metal Deposition tool suppliers and metal powder suppliers.”
Industrial gas within additive manufacturing
The optimization of industrial gas for AM involves perfecting the chemistry, mix, and flow within the build chamber of each manufacturing run. Poorly flowed or poorly mixed gas can result in builds that lack proper mechanical properties, have unacceptable porosity, or a general lack of fusion.
This recently announced partnership will work with existing customers to developp optimized gas flow strategies that allow for successful end use builds.
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