The additive manufacturing arm of Oerlikon has partnered with Hirtneberger Engineered Surfaces. The collaboration is aimed at further industrializing the series making for Metal AM and enhance surface quality for prototyping.
The company announced this during the Formnext exhibit. The strategic partnership centers on the Hirtisation Process. This is a post-processing technology that offers 3-dimensional surface treatment. It also offers the elimination of support compositions and mechanization of post-processing steps for AM components. This is so as to offer anticipated and redoable results.
As a way to create an actual partnership, the two firms have created a shared working team. The aim is to explore how the procedure can be incorporated into the AM power connection. Oerlikon intends to begin by providing the technology to clients with complex components. Some of these clients are in the gas, oil, turbomachinery, general, and automotive industries.
Oerlikon AM will use the technology in these industries primarily to assist customers lower part costs.
“For Oerlikon AM, the Hirtisation Process addresses one of AM’s major challenges, which is to provide our customers with parts with more complex geometries – some of which are not possible nor economical with existing AM and post-processing technologies,” said Head of Oerlikon AM Industrialization, Dr. Christian Haecker.
“The process fits perfectly in our desire to offer customers services and products along the entire value chain. We also see a benefit in increasing repeatability of defined AM surface quality.” He added.
“We provide a crucial step in the process chain of 3D printing of metal parts,” said the Managing Director of Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces, Dr. Wolfgang Hansal. “We see ourselves as an industrial enabler of automated surface finishing. We maintain the full freedom of the printed parts design, while allowing cost-efficient post-processing.”
“Closing the interfaces along the production chain from post-processing back to construction, design and printing is key for the establishment of reliable additive manufacturing, from prototyping to large quantity serial production. For these reasons, Oerlikon AM is an important partner.” Hansal said.
These two firms have plans of bringing this technology together to the North American business in 2020.
A little bit about Oerlikon AM
This is a business section of the leading engineering and technology powerhouse Oerlikon. It has its headquarter in Switzerland. The additive manufacturing unit for Oerlikon is the top transformative revolution in the medical and tooling industries. It is also a change in the aerospace, automotive, and power generation sectors.
Oerlikon AM offers print-tried and equipped metal powders, design for AM expertise, traditional and additive manufacturing services. This ranges from production to prototyping including quality inspection support and product validation.