After the success they got at Paris Air Show, both companies are taking the the processing techniques to the next level. In addition, a range of heat treatment regimes will be investigated in order to deliver optimum properties in additively manufactured components.
A20X® aluminium alloy
A20X® is part of the high-strength aluminium alloy technologies, developed and patented by Aeromet for use in AM. “A20X® is an aluminium-copper alloy with a highly-refined microstructure and a unique solidification mechanism, giving it greater strength, fatigue and thermal characteristics compared to other alloys.”
Mike Bond, Director of AMT a Division of Aeromet said, “A20X is being rapidly adopted for additive manufacture of aero engine, airframe, space, defence and automotive parts. It’s unique combination of high strength, high ductility and performance at high operating temperatures make it ideal for light-weight, stressed components. We look forward to making processing techniques for this innovative alloy more widely available to accelerate its adoption.”
As for Marc Saunders, Director of Global Solutions Centres at Renishaw, he precised that this collaboration will allow them to qualify the new alloy on their machines on the one hand, on the other hand, to enable manufacturers to develop industrial AM processes using A20X.
Processing techniques and material properties information will be unveiled in the coming months.
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