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Industrial Additive Manufacturing

Oerlikon AM is a globally integrated design, development and series production partner for your components produced by Additive Manufacturing. We are scaling and integrating the entire metal AM value chain to lower the barriers to entry for companies bringing AM products to market. Our unique offering starts powder atomization and materials development and spans all the way to inspection and finished products. We are proud to maintain certified ISO 9001 and AS/EN 9100 quality management systems in our Industrial component production facilities in the US and EU.

Industrial Additive Manufacturing

We provide series production of AM components for many industries, including aerospace, automotive, power generation and tooling.

We support you at every step as you identify components best suited for production by AM and build the business case to move forward. We can train your design and engineering teams to think outside conventional technologies and to understand the amazing potential of AM. In short, we want to help you transform your business.

Questions? Contact us directly at:

am@oerlikon.com

  • Atomization & Materials

    We have a broad range of AM-tested alloys, supported by ongoing development. We also know that current off-the-shelf solutions in AM cannot answer every production need. Our R&D teams can rapidly design, optimize, and produce new and custom alloy chemistries for pilot atomization and AM validation in our production facilities.

    Material Production Portfolio & Offering:

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    Material Production Locations:

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    Standard Printed Material Portfolio:

    While the off-the-shelf printed material availability includes all of the alloys below, we frequently take inquiries for developing components from new alloys.

    • Al-based: AlSi9Cu3, AlSi7Mg, AlSi10Mg, AlSi12CuNiMg, AlMgSc (Scalmalloy)
    • Ni-based: Alloy 718 (2.4668), Alloy 625 (2.4856), Alloy X (2.4665), Haynes 282
    • Co-based: CoCrMo (F75)
    • Fe-based: 18 Ni Maraging Steel (1.2709), 316L (1.4404), 17-4PH (1.4542), 1.4859, 1.4308 (CF8)
    • Ti-based: Ti-6Al-4V
    • Cu-based: CuNi2SiCr
  • AM Equipment

    We have world class capabilities and equipment for manufacturing with Laser and Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB, PBF-EB). Our goal in selecting from our extensive AM equipment options is to meet the requirements of each unique application.  We are machine agnostic and work with our customers to provide the best solution in our growing offering as we scale to meet the needs of our customers.

    See our current AM metal machines on our Technologies page.

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  • Applications Engineering

    Creating new solutions to your manufacturing challenges. Our expertise is such that we can help our customers overcome even the most demanding design needs, whatever their industry, and whatever the application.

    We welcome the challenges as an opportunity to leverage our experience in additive manufacturing and bring a new component to market.

    We will work with you to provide a solution – and we believe that if you can imagine it, we can build it.

    Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM)

    • Experience to help identify potential candidate parts for AM in a customer portfolio and improve manufacturability of proposed customer designs. 
    • Computer Aided Design (CAD) support with all major software packages to help in the customer design process.
    • Topology Optimization to reduce component weight and optimize structures for performance and manufacturing method.
    • Ultimately, our guidance in DFAM, design for post processing and topology optimization offering all enable our customers to reach the most cost-effective solution to meet each design requirement.
    • These capabilities, when combined with our experienced R&D team, allow us to advise you on the best possible combination of materials, design, production methods, and post-processing for your project.

    Applications Engineering

    • Global Applications Engineering team based in the E.U. & U.S. supporting customers with the expertise to select the right process, machine and material to make parts manufacturable.
    • Support through the full product development lifecycle from concept through to series production.
    • Expertise ranging from prototyping and tooling for transport and general industry to advanced manufacturing of gas turbine components for aerospace and power generation.
    • The ability to help customers navigate the requirements of AS9100, NADCAP, ITAR, ISO 13485 during part and process certification in AM.
    • Expertise to partner with customers in maturing the technology and manufacturing readiness levels to meet industry requirements.
  • Additive Production

    Our Additive Production facilities in the EU and US have the equipment, experienced teams and the capacity to scale as each AM project matures to full-rate production.

    Global Industrial AM Production Footprint
    • In Munich our R&D team is advancing the state of the art in AM production strategies in our demonstration line from materials lab to printing and post-processing development.
    • In Magdeburg we have over 20 years of prototyping experience, tracing our history in metal Additive Manufacturing back to 2009.  We are proud to hold ISO 9001 and EN9100 certifications.
    • In Charlotte, NC (USA) our facility houses our integrated R&D, Engineering and Production teams.  We are proud to hold ISO 9001 and AS9100 certifications.
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  • Post-Processing

    We are your expert partner at every stage of additive manufacturing.

    Protecting and enhancing your components

    Our complete unique in-house capabilities give us the ability to deliver finished components at reduced lead times. End functionality of the most demanding components can be further enhanced by our expertise in coatings in cooperation with our Oerlikon Metco and Oerlikon Balzers network.

    Post-Processing portfolio

    Electrical Discharge Machining
    • Wire and sinker EDM for build plate removal and machining of critical sections with holes or slots.
    CNC Machining
    • Our in-house machining centers provide the ability to remove supports from the part and maintain critical geometry
    • Three and five-axis machining centers with milling and turning capabilities
    Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP)
    • In-house HIP centers in both EU and US locations
    • Reduction of remaining porosity to improve mechanical properties including fatigue resistance
    • Possible to incorporate combined heat treatment and HIP cycles with High Pressure Heat Treatment (HPHT)
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    Materials with HIP offered Alloys of: Al, Ti, Ni, Fe, Cu (Coming soon) Alloys of: Al, Ti, Ni, Co, Fe
    Hot zone maximum size Ø270x500 mm for quenching, Ø280x890 mm for cooling Ø375x1,200 mm
    Maximum temperature 1,250°C (2,282°F) 1,400°C (2,552°F)
    Maximum operating pressure 2,070 bar/ 30,000 psi 2,070 bar/ 30,000 psi
    Maximum theoretical cooling rate* 1000°K/min limit for quenching, 60°K/min limit for cooling 200°K/min limit for cooling

    *Achievable maximum cooling rate is load dependent

    Vacuum Heat Treatment
    • Mitigation of internal stress and improvement of material properties
    Surface treatment
    • Polishing, media blasting, vibratory finishing and coating to achieve required surface quality, surface hardness, thermal and corrosion protection
    • Access to Oerlikon Surface Solutions network and expertise

    Contact us to discuss in detail the specific Post-Processing needs of your project.

  • Testing & Assembly

    Powder & Material Testing

    Our advanced powder and metallurgical labs set the standard for Additive Manufacturing component development.

    Metallurgical Evaluation

    Optical Microscopes, Scanning Electron Microscope with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy, Electron Backscatter Diffraction.

    Assembly

    While AM often affords the opportunity to integrate many components into one functional structure, we work with applications requiring custom assembly when required.

    Assembly Considerations
    • Large assemblies may be designed in sections to fit components in a given build volume
    • Preservation of critical geometry and tool access constraints
    • Our Applications Engineers build a manufacturing plan to meet each unique customer application requirement
  • Inspection & Quality

    Dimensional Inspection

    • Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) with 1.5 µm accuracy and scanning module
    • Contact Profilomer for inspection of machined surface finishes
    • Blue Light and White Light Scanning for non-contact dimensional inspection, reverse engineering

    Quality Policy

    Oerlikon AM is committed to quality and customer satisfaction. We do this by offering the highest quality products and services tailored to meet our customers' needs and requirements.

    We foster a quality culture, whereby employees and suppliers are aware of our high-quality expectations, and whereby every employee is responsible for quality.
      
    We continually and systematically improve our people, processes and systems to add value and exceed our customers' expectations in a profitable way, with commitment to comply with statutory and regulatory requirements.

    See our Quality Certifications:

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Your partner for AM Series Production

At Oerlikon AM we have committed to investing in the very best equipment, capabilities, facilities and people. We have an unparalleled global footprint of AM capabilities and an experienced team to design and manufacture. Being able to call on our unique knowledge resources and experience can accelerate your progress through the technology and manufacturing readiness levels to bring your product to market faster.

Our passion is to be your long-term production partner, working with you from the initial design concept to qualification and series production. We are passionate about helping our customers realize the full potential AM offers.

Wherever you are on your AM journey, take the next steps with us.

Feedback or questions? Get in touch with us!

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