Carpenter Technology Corporation has opened an Emerging Technology Center (ETC) in Athens, Alabama, USA.

According to the company, the 500,000 ft2 center features ‘end-to-end’ capabilities in additive manufacturing (AM), atomizing a range of alloys into metal powder and turning the powder into finished parts using AM technology.

It also features downstream equipment to finish the 3D printed part, including a quick cooling hot isostatic press (HIP) system and vacuum heat-treating equipment. Parts manufactured in the center can then be qualified for use in a range of applications including aerospace, transportation, oil and gas, and energy.

Carpenter says that its ETC is designed to maintain full traceability and provide analysis throughout the manufacturing process via a digital thread.

‘Our Emerging Technology Center is a critical component of Carpenter Technology’s future growth and development and is aligned with our business strategy of evolving to an end-to-end solutions provider and influential leader in the AM area,’ said Carpenter Technology CEO Tony Thene. ‘We will also use it as a base to launch future investments as we expand our soft magnetics technology platform, scale up additional powder operations and demonstrate a number of next generation materials we have under development today.’

This story uses material from Carpenter, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.