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Holdson and the University of Birmingham research refractory metals and nitinol in 3D printing

Holdson and the University of Birmingham have teamed up to explore how a range of material types can be 3D printed and post-processed for use in various applications.

Holdson’s Chief Technology Officer, Neil Dickinson, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, “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.“

The University of Birmingham has already successfully completed projects that have led to the manufacture of sample components from Nitinol and various refractory metals. Now they have teamed up with Holdson to further their understanding of surface treatments. They are investigating the effects these have on the structural properties of additively manufactured components.

The University of Birmingham, renowned for its contributions to the processing of high-performance materials, is contributing extensive knowledge to the project.

Prof. Moataz Attallah, Director of the Advanced Materials & Processing Laboratory (AMPLab), commented, “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.”

The partnership aims to combine Holdson’s industry-leading electrochemical polishing technology with the University’s research expertise to drive advances in industrial and clinical applications. Holdson and the University of Birmingham will jointly conduct in-depth research to explore the intricacies of printing and post-processing a range of refractory metals.

Neil Dickinson further emphasised, “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.”

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