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Developing the use of refractory metals and Nitinol within AM

Holdson and the University of Birmingham have partnered to explore how a range of material types are printed and post-processed for use in multiple applications

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Holdson, an electrochemical post-processing specialist, has entered a collaboration with the University of Birmingham to develop the use of materials such as refractory metals and Nitinol within the advancing field of additive manufacturing. Through this partnership, the organizations will explore how a range of material types are printed and post-processed for use in multiple applications.

“This collaboration aligns with Holdson’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation in manufacturing. We are eager to work in partnership with the experts at the University of Birmingham to leverage our collective know-how in exploring new developments within AM,” said Neil Dickinson, Chief Technology Officer at Holdson.

The University of Birmingham has already successfully carried out projects that resulted in the printing of sample parts with Nitinol and various refractory metals and has now teamed up with Holdson to further their understanding of surface treatments. In doing so, they will investigate the effects on the structural properties of additively manufactured components.

“Our experience with alloys, coupled with Holdson’s broad and deep post-processing knowledge, positions us perfectly to unlock the full potential of AM of high-value metals and alloys. Nitinol in particular presents a unique opportunity, as this shape-memory alloy could unlock many potential new developments, most notably within the medical sector. We will also target further opportunities for post-processing of refractory metals for use in the space and nuclear fusion sectors. We are excited about the possibilities that this collaboration holds,” said Prof. Moataz Attallah, Director of the Advanced Materials and Processing Laboratory (AMPLab), at The University of Birmingham.

The arrangement aims to amalgamate Holdson’s industry-leading electrochemical polishing technology with the University’s research prowess – helping to propel advancements in both industrial and clinical applications.

“In an era where manufacturing is undergoing rapid transformation, partnerships like these are crucial. We believe that our collaboration with The University of Birmingham will not only redefine AM processes but also contribute significantly to the broader landscape of advanced manufacturing. We look forward to making further announcements about the findings from this collaboration with such a prestigious academic team,” said Dickinson.

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