From left: Dr Ho Chaw Sing, managing director of NAMIC, Jawed Ashraf, high commissioner of India, Amit Nanavati, founder of Bralco, Czek Haan, general manager of GE Additive, Wouter Van Werch, GGO of GE and Francis Chan, Trade Commissioner of Canada.
From left: Dr Ho Chaw Sing, managing director of NAMIC, Jawed Ashraf, high commissioner of India, Amit Nanavati, founder of Bralco, Czek Haan, general manager of GE Additive, Wouter Van Werch, GGO of GE and Francis Chan, Trade Commissioner of Canada.

Bralco Advanced Materials Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based metal additive manufacturing (AM) company, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with GE Additive to develop 3D printed magnetic components.

Magnetic components are often used in the aerospace, medical, automotive and energy sectors, as well as in industrial automation and the robotics industry. According to Bralco, the MOU will help develop soft and hard magnets and components with complex shapes, differentiated magnetic fields and higher mechanical strength that can operate at elevated temperatures, higher frequencies and higher torque conditions. The companies say that the MOU will also boost the market in the Asia Pacific region.

Bralco has access to GE Additive's Addworks Engineering consultancy team and its AP&C materials division. In the future, Bralco may also be appointed as a service provider in the Asia Pacific region to print parts and components, using GE Additive machines and powders and based on Bralco’s magnetic materials compositions. 

‘Bralco is honored to be working with GE Additive in this very exciting space of digital industry 4.0,’ said Amit Nanavati, Founder and CEO of Bralco. ‘This collaboration is a major milestone for us, coming at a time when the demand for soft and hard magnets is growing rapidly due to their use in every aspect of modern life be it health care, mobility, personal communication devices, renewable energy or robotics […] We hope these steps will add to the growing importance of Singapore as a global center for the additive manufacturing industry and as one of the most attractive locations to set up a high tech R&D facility.’

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