A Pennsylvania-based metal alloy producer, Carpenter Technology, has established a new additive manufacturing facility. The new facility is called Emerging Technology Center (ETC) and is located in Athens, Alabama.
The center is 500,000 sq.ft. and will offer the ability to atomize specialty alloys into metal powder. This can be utilized in additive manufacturing. Metal 3D printed pieces produced at the ETC may be fitted for handling industrial apps, gas, and energy. They may also be useful in the aerospace sector.
“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,” says the CEO of Carpenter Technology, 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.” He explained.
Carpenter Technology’s ETC has invested an estimated $4 million and it is expected to speed up America’s exceptional technology space. The firm has funded a general amount of $60 million in its Alabama operations. It exects the ETC to make just about 6 jobs with the following five years.
The company has invested an overall amount of $600 million in its Alabama operations. It anticipates the ETC to create around 60 jobs over the next five years.
It is created to keep full traceability and also offer analytical insights. This is via the additive manufacturing procedure through a digital thread. The device included in the ETC presently includes a cooling HIP (Isostatic Press) system. It also includes a vacuum energy treating procedure to optimize the element attributes of high-value specialty alloy parts.
“We have chosen to continue to invest in North Alabama because it offers three important advantages—a high-quality, tech-oriented workforce, a clear connection with the aerospace industry and a close working partnership with state and local government officials” said Thene.
Carpenter Technology has expanded its engagement in the 3D printing sector. At the beginning of the year, Carpenter Technology collaborated with Belgium-headquartered aircraft component manufacturer BMT Aerospace. The goal of the partnership is to 3D print parts for the aerospace sector.
Furthermore, the firm lately made a 3D printer supplies business Carpenter Additive. It controls all of it’s especially made explosives for metal additive manufacturing and R&D and production services.
“Carpenter Technology’s new Emerging Technology Center will power game-changing advances in the company’s development of sophisticated new additive manufacturing technologies,” says Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.
“With the ETC, Carpenter Technology is bringing new capabilities to Alabama’s manufacturing sector, and I can’t wait to see how the work conducted there helps to shape the future for this great company.”