Beamit Develops AM Process for Ti6242

April 21, 2021

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Beamit Develops AM Process for Ti6242
The Beamit Group has developed an additive manufacturing (AM) process for Ti6242, which yields a titanium-alloy product that reportedly withstands temperatures to 550 C and enables printing of complex shapes.

The motorsport sector has been looking at 3D-printed titanium alloys for high-temperature applications since 2019, according to Beamit officials, to replace production via conventional processes such as forging. Motorsport applications can benefit from the strength and lightweighting capabilities of AM Ti6242, such as exhausts, traditionally produced with nickel superalloys. Ti6242 also proves ideal for aerospace components.

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Strong and Ductile 3D Metal Printed Components
Since 3D printing builds to near net or finished dimensions, vacuum heat treating is an absolute necessity. Vacuum levels that approach 1 X 10-6 Torr produce clean and oxide free surface conditions that are metallurgically stable. Critical temperature control is also a must to avoid cracking and producing a strong and ductile part.

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Watch: Audi Printing Metal Jigs, Molds and Tooling
Audi and EOS have expanded their range of applications for metal 3D printing, as noted in this 2.5-min. video. Currently the automaker uses machines from EOS to print 12 segments of four tools used for hot forming and has plans to further expand into more segments. Audi also prints tooling in its press shop to make body panels for the A4.

In addition to applications for hot forming and high-pressure die-casting, the Audi Metal 3D Printing center in Germany also has printed custom tools as large as 5 by 3 m.

“Whenever conventional manufacturing methods reach their limit,” says Matthias Herker, technical project manager at the Audi Metal 3D Printing Centre, “we use additive manufacturing―which lets us meet quality standards and comply with production times.”

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2021 AMUG Conference—It’s On
Join additive manufacturing practitioners for free-flowing exchanges of insights, experiences and information in the warm weather of Orlando, Florida. Break free from isolation; step into the unique environment of an AMUG Conference. May 2 – 6, 2021. Register online through April 28 or onsite at the event.

February Equipment Orders up 34 Percent YoY
The latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report, published by AMT–The Association For Manufacturing Technology, reveals that orders totaled $377.6 million in February 2021, a 17.8-percent increase from January 2021 and a 34.2-percent increase over February 2020. Orders for the first two months of 2021 are up 22.4 percent year over year.

“February was the fourth-straight month of year-over-year gains in manufacturing technology orders, signaling the recent strength is likely the beginning of a sustained recovery following the 2020 recession,” says AMT president Douglas K. Woods.

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Spring 2021
In This Issue
2021 AMUG Conference
All systems are go as the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) plans for its first live event in two years, the 2021 AMUG Conference, in Orlando, FL, May 2-6.
What’s in Store for Additive Manufacturing
… as we recover from COVID_19?

Coming in 3DMP's Spring 2021 Issue
  • AMUG Wrapup
  • 3D Printing of Superalloys
  • Metal-AM Semiconductor Applications
  • Case Studies: Metal 3D Printers in Action
Industry-Related Terms: Alloys, Case, Center, Forming, Surface
View Glossary of Metalforming Terms



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