The leading supplier of materials and services in the supply chain – thyssenkrupp Materials UK, is prepared for the development of the market of additive production in 3D printing with metal. The company is positioned as a one-stop shop for the production of metal additives with a wide range of metal powders, supply chain management and after printing services. The portfolio of metal powders includes an assortment of stainless steel, tool steel, alloys based on nickel, aluminum and titanium.
Billy Kingsbury, CEO of thyssenkrupp Materials UK, explains: “We monitor our customers using metal additive manufacturing technology to develop prototypes, short-term production and complex one-off projects for science, engineering, aerospace, repair and maintenance . They are developing more durable and lighter products using this technology, and we are here to support their supply chains, as we have done over the years with standard materials. ”
The aerospace market is the UK’s leading industry in adopting metal additive manufacturing, followed closely by automotive and medical. As a business serving all these sectors, thyssenkrupp Materials UK has recognized the need for a new type of supply of materials in powder form. The powders that the company provides are compatible with most of the 3D printing technologies currently available on the market. Billy Kingsbury commented: “Manufacturers in the UK are still learning how to apply additive manufacturing technology in their production process, mostly on a trial and error basis. With many years of engineering experience, our in-house metal powder team can assist businesses in choosing the right material for their project. We also have a wide range of modification options regarding the structure of the alloy, spraying and subsequent powder processing, which allow us to produce and deliver custom powders in batches of 50 kg. ”
However, a common challenge facing the industry when using 3D 3D printing technology remains the consistency of the final product. This is often due to the necessary post-printing processes, including metal cutting and heat treatment, which can be costly if manufacturers do not have the right technology or experience in the company. Therefore, as a supply chain management specialist, thyssenkrupp Materials UK supports its customers with a full range of after-press services. The company uses state-of-the-art technology to bring custom CNC machining to the market for the production of metal additives. “Our technology, created in the United Kingdom, provides an ideal solution for post-printing processes. This means that our customers do not have to manage a complex set of contractors to produce a product that often encounters consistency problems or even varies completely. With our CNC and manufacturing capabilities, we can ensure consistency in every one of our details, ”adds Billy Kingsbury. “The production of metal additives is the future of sustainable production. Therefore, thyssenkrupp Materials UK is ready to support our customers and supply chains in their journey towards the adoption of additive manufacturing technology.