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California Nanotechnologies acquires Schaeffler Aerosint 3D printer

Looking to implement binder-free metal additive manufacturing capabilties

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California Nanotechnologies, a specialist in advanced sintering services and products using SPS (Spark Plasma Sintering) technology, has acquired a new Aerosint Selective Powder Deposition system from Schaeffler. This leap forward for the combine looks to combine advanced additive manufacturing capabilities with SPS technologies, opening up a world of possibilities for complex near-net shapes, thin films, and much more.

California Nanotechnologies acquires Schaeffler Aerosint 3D printer looking to implement binder-free metal additive manufacturing capabilties
As the official North American distributor of SPS equipment for SUGA Co., Cal Nano offers Spark Plasma Sintering machines ranging from lab-scale to high-volume production size systems.
The lab-scale system pictured here is the SPS2000. In addition to the functions of a conventional SPS system, SPS2000 has new/unique features to control a series of operations.

“We can’t wait to start working with our customers, empowering engineers and designers to explore new horizons and achieve their creative and manufacturing goals with our state-of-the-art system,” the company said in a statement. “Here’s to faster turnaround times, increased efficiency, and the limitless potential of support-free 3D metal and ceramic printing. The future of manufacturing starts now!”

Spark plasma sintering (SPS), also known as field-assisted sintering technique (FAST) or pulsed electric current sintering (PECS), or plasma pressure compaction (P2C) is a sintering technique. The main characteristic of SPS is that the pulsed or unpulsed DC or AC directly passes through the graphite die and the powder compacts in case of conductive samples.

California Nanotechnologies’ collaboration with Schaeffler brings to the table a revolutionary Aerosint support-free AM process that significantly enhances manufacturing efficiency. By eliminating the need for support structures, the company is cutting down on material waste and production costs and also streamlining the production process. This is a game-changer for businesses looking to optimize their operations and push the boundaries of what’s possible in manufacturing.

The implementation of Aerosint’s innovative PBF process also brings about the introduction of binder-free additive manufacturing (near net shaping) to produce functional parts without any binders. This means no more molds or tooling, minimal waste, increased design complexity, a wider selection of materials, and drastically reduced post-processing requirements.

These advancements are not just about boosting efficiency and reducing costs; they’re also about embracing sustainability. By minimizing waste, California Nanotechnologies is taking significant steps towards a greener, more eco-friendly manufacturing approach.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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