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Oerlikon and Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces collaborate to accelerate industrialization of AM parts

Oerlikon and Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces collaborate to accelerate industrialization of AM parts

From left to right: Dr. Wolfgang Hansal, Managing Director, Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces and Dr. Sven Hicken, Oerlikon, Head of Additive Manufacturing Business Unit.

Formnext, Frankfurt am Main, Germany – November 22, 2019 – Oerlikon AM, the additive manufacturing unit of global technology group Oerlikon, and Hirtenberger Engineered Services have entered into a strategic alliance to further industrialize series production and prototyped parts.

Oerlikon AM and Hirtenberger began working together early this year to evaluate the Hirtisation Process, a post-processing technology for additive manufacturing that allows three-dimensional surface treatment, including the removal of support structures and automatization of the post-processing steps. Oerlikon AM is part of Oerlikon’s surface solutions business.

The Hirtisation Process is now proven to allow parts to be made that were previously unrealizable. With this knowledge, the two companies are intensifying their collaboration and have created a joint working group to explore how the process can be integrated into the AM value chain. The new process results in smoother surface textures. It also allows for the production of complex parts that require interior support structures during production, but which need those structures removed after completion, without impacting the integrity of the part.

The industries that can benefit most from this collaboration are those with complex parts, such as turbomachinery, oil and gas, automotive and general industry. Oerlikon AM will apply the technology in those industries first to help customers reduce part costs and achieve predicable and repeatable results. 

Additionally, Oerlikon AM and Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces are working on applying the Hirtisation Process to the prototyping business, which is expected to improve productivity by eliminating extra finishing steps.

“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 Dr. Christian Haecker, Head of Oerlikon AM Industrialization. “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.” 

“We provide a crucial step in the process chain of 3D printing of metal parts,” said Dr. Wolfgang Hansal, Managing Director, Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces. “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.”

The two companies intend to bring this technology jointly to the North American market in 2020.

Both companies are participating in Formnext. Oerlikon’s booth is in Hall 12.1, Booth B01. Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces’ booth is in Hall 11.0, Booth E11.

About Oerlikon AM

Oerlikon AM is a business unit of the global technology and engineering powerhouse Oerlikon, which is headquartered in Switzerland. Oerlikon’s additive manufacturing unit is leading transformative change in the aerospace, medical, automotive, power generation and tooling industries. Oerlikon AM provides print-tested and qualified metal powders, design for AM expertise, conventional and additive manufacturing services, from prototyping to production, as well as product validation and quality inspection support to leading global manufacturing companies who are incorporating additive manufacturing into their business models. Oerlikon AM employs more than 300 people at its six locations in Europe, the USA and China, and is backed by Oerlikon’s 10,500+ employees in 37 countries.

About Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces

Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces, member of the Hirtenberger Group, is focused on the surface- related post-processing of 3D printed metal parts. In recent years, Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces has become one of the most important providers of industrial post-treatment in this field. The patented technology Hirtisation® forms a powerful tool for the removal of adhering particles, powder cake and support structures and the leveling of them as printed rough surfaces, without the use of any mechanical processing steps. Hirtisation® is suitable for all common 3D printed metals and alloys used in e.g. Aerospace, Automotive, Tooling and in the medical sector. The technology is fully automated using the autonomous finishing modules H3000 and H6000.

Disclaimer

OC Oerlikon Corporation AG, Pfäffikon together with its affiliates, hereinafter referred to as “Oerlikon”, has made great efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information in this document. However, Oerlikon makes no representation or warranties, expressed or implied, as to the truth, accuracy or completeness of the information provided in this document. Neither Oerlikon nor any of its directors, officers, employees or advisors, nor any other person connected or otherwise associated with Oerlikon, shall have any liability whatsoever for loss howsoever arising, directly or indirectly, from any use of this document.

The contents of this document, including all statements made therein, are based on estimates, assumptions and other information currently available to the management of Oerlikon. This document contains certain statements related to the future business and financial performance or future events involving Oerlikon that may constitute forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained herein could be substantially impacted by risks, influences and other factors, many of which are not foreseeable at present and/or are beyond Oerlikon’s control, so that the actual results, including Oerlikon’s financial results and operational results, may vary materially from and differ from those, expressly or implicitly, provided in the forward-looking statements, be they anticipated, expected or projected. Oerlikon does not give any assurance, representation or warranty, expressed or implied, that such forward-looking statements will be realized. Oerlikon is under no obligation to, and explicitly disclaims any obligation to, update or otherwise review its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

This document, including any and all information contained therein, is not intended as, and may not be construed as, an offer or solicitation by Oerlikon for the purchase or disposal of, trading or any transaction in any Oerlikon securities. Investors must not rely on this information for investment decisions and are solely responsible for forming their own investment decisions.


Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces GmbH, Hirtenberg together with its affiliates, hereinafter referred to as “Hirtenberger”, has made great efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information in this document. However, Hirtenberger makes no representation or warranties, expressed or implied, as to the truth, accuracy or completeness of the information provided in this document. Neither Hirtenberger nor any of its directors, officers, employees or advisors, nor any other person connected or otherwise associated with Hirtenberger, shall have any liability whatsoever for loss howsoever arising, directly or indirectly, from any use of this document.

The contents of this document, including all statements made therein, are based on estimates, assumptions and other information currently available to the management of Hirtenberger. This document contains certain statements related to the future business and financial performance or future events involving Hirtenberger that may constitute forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained herein could be substantially impacted by risks, influences and other factors, many of which are not foreseeable at present and/or are beyond Hirtenberger’s control, so that the actual results, including Hirtenberger’s financial results and operational results, may vary materially from and differ from those, expressly or implicitly, provided in the forward-looking statements, be they anticipated, expected or projected. Hirtenberger does not give any assurance, representation or warranty, expressed or implied, that such forward-looking statements will be realized. Hirtenberger is under no obligation to, and explicitly disclaims any obligation to, update or otherwise review its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

This document, including any and all information contained therein, is not intended as, and may not be construed as, an offer or solicitation by Hirtenberger for the purchase or disposal of, trading or any transaction in any Hirtenberger securities. Investors must not rely on this information for investment decisions and are solely responsible for forming their own investment decisions.

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Marketing - Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces GmbH

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