Materials processing specialist Oerlikon has joined America Makes, the US National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, making it possible for the company to partner with industry leaders and experts and be at the forefront of materials testing and research in the areas of additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing.

Oerlikon’s strategic aim is to strengthen its offerings in surface solutions, advanced materials, components engineering and manufacturing technologies. According to the company, AM is a promising technology for Oerlikon to provide new material properties for AM parts. ‘With the AM industry at an early stage, Oerlikon sees great opportunities to be an early mover by working together with other leading players to develop next-generation materials, solutions for post-processing of components and services for AM production,’ it said in a press release.

‘We are seeing a growing demand for lighter materials, more durable properties and increased performance,’ said Dr Roland Fischer, CEO of the Oerlikon Group. ‘AM has great potential to satisfy these requirements.’

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