A laser melting AM400 build chamber.
A laser melting AM400 build chamber.

Aluminum specialist Aeromet, along with Renishaw, Rolls-Royce and PSI plans to improve its A20X alloy for use in additive manufacturing (AM) and produce a set of demonstrator parts.

This bid is part of the High Strength Aluminium Powder for Additive Manufacture (HighSAP) project, the company says.

A20X is a range of high-strength aluminium alloy technologies, developed and patented by Aeromet. The A20X family includes the metallic materials properties development and standardisation (MMPDS) approved A205 casting alloy and A20X powder for AM. A20X is an aluminium-copper alloy with a highly-refined microstructure and a solidification mechanism, giving it greater strength, fatigue and thermal characteristics compared to other alloys, Aeromet says. A20X castings are already in production for high strength, high temperature aerospace applications and the HighSAP project aims to exploit the potential of A20X for AM.

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