On January 11th, Innovate UK, a UK-based innovator, has invested and launched a research project called FAST-forge to develop a new manufacturing process that is more cost-effective to produce “titanium” 3D prints.
This study will be implemented jointly by Safran Landing Systems, Sheffield University, Strathclyde University Advanced Molding Research Center (AFRC) and Metalysis.
Safran will be responsible for managing the project, providing component specifications and testing components, and evaluating whether new processes can be applied elsewhere in their products; Metalysis is developing and producing spherical metal powders for metal 3D printing,
The general $ 70 / kg down to only $ 2.5 / kg.
If successful, it will surely become a competitive titanium production program.
“This project is likely to diversify the supply chain of titanium, while making it into a field that was not feasible before,” said Sam Evans of Safran.
EOS F1 pedal brake pedal printed with Ti643D
Metalysis will provide titanium alloy for the project and is scheduled to be completed in mid-2018.
The company, headquartered in Sheffield, in the north of England, holds the global use of titanium and other metal alloy production methods such as Fray, Farthing, Chen (FFC) Cambridge, and the FFC process is said to be more efficient than any other existing method
FAST-forge process is divided into three steps:
① with rutile sand preparation of titanium powder – rutile sand is a cheap natural source of titanium oxide, it is easy to obtain.
(SPS) or pulsed current sintering (PECS), is very suitable for the manufacture of dense metal or ceramic parts, the principle is to use the current, the use of current, the use of current,
Sintered or green components are densified, allowing processing at a lower temperature than a furnace or kiln.
③ through the traditional forging process to create specific parts.
The FAST-forge project is likely to have a significant impact on the aerospace industry as it is expected to make Titanium’s lightweight but sturdy material cheaper and easier to obtain while reducing the cost of forged titanium parts by at least 2/3 and
In addition, the project has the potential to enhance the UK’s influence in the aerospace sector, helping to expand the UK supply chain in this area, while bringing more high-value jobs.
Original title: British investment research new technology, or significantly reduce the cost of 3D printing titanium powder