MTC to install Digital Metal Additive Manufacturing System

MTC to install Digital Metal Additive Manufacturing System

Date: Wednesday 27 June 2018

News MTC to install Digital Metal Additive Manufacturing System

The Manufacturing Technology Centre, already a leader in additive manufacturing technology, is to install cutting-edge equipment which will further advance its additive manufacturing and 3D printing capabilities.

The MTC, on Ansty Park near Coventry, is to take delivery of a state-of-the-art metal binder-jetting printer which allows for the fast production of complicated and highly detailed components. The machine, supplied by Swedish high-precision 3D printing specialist company Digital Metal, is designed for small, highly complex parts and will be the only one available in the UK.

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is employed across many manufacturing sectors in a variety of materials, producing everything from simple tools to major parts for aero engines. The MTC houses the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) bringing together the most comprehensive combination of equipment and capability in the UK. It is also home to the European Space Agency's additive manufacturing benchmarking centre, and recently became the only non-US partner in ASTM International's Centre of Excellence in Additive Manufacture.

The Digital Metal binder-jetting printer will be operational next month and one of the key projects to use it will be the DRAMA project (further details below). The equipment will be available to MTC member companies and other businesses and organisations interested in testing the technology or taking designs to prototype and pre-production level.

Pictured: The DM machine can print small, highly complex precision metal parts

Dr David Brackett, additive manufacturing technology manager at the MTC's National Centre for Additive Manufacturing, said the machine provided an opportunity for UK industry to understand and make use of the printer's unique capabilities, particularly on small, highly complex, high-precision parts.

"Binder-jetting is a very fast technology that can create complicated and highly-detailed designs, and there is potential for wider material choices than with other metal additive manufacturing processes that require weld-able materials. We are delighted to offer this technology to UK companies and are inviting those that require small and highly complex metal parts to get in touch with us to see the potential this process offers for their business. We are particularly impressed by the production speed and the quality of parts produced,"

He added

"NCAM is expanding its capacity into a number of technologies which offer further capabilities over more well established additive manufacturing. This is just the start."

Ralf Carlstrom, general manager at Digital Metal said

"Our printer will be delivered and installed at the MTC's National Centre for Additive Manufacturing in July. Within a week the first real tests will start. NCAM engineers are currently undergoing training on the equipment."

Recent research has shown that the UK and Germany are leaders in additive manufacturing technology, with the UK well-placed to improve still further with the rapid expansion of 3D printing capabilities.

About Digital Metal

Digital Metal is the world’s first company to commercialise high-precision 3D metal printers for the production of small, high-volume components. Digital Metal’s proprietary binder jetting technology enables the production of high-quality complex objects with superior surface finish, which is not possible with competing technologies.
The company also offers manufacturing of metal components. Among the customers are many of the world's leading technology companies such as Honeywell, Koenigsegg, Mectron, Montfort Watches, CETIM (the French Technical Center for Mechanical Industries) and Volvo.
Digital Metal was founded in 2012 and has its headquarters in Höganäs. The company is part of the Höganäs Group, the world’s largest producer of metal powders. Read more at

About the DRAMA project

DRAMA (Digital Reconfigurable Additive Manufacturing facilities for Aerospace) is a three-year project led by the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing at the Manufacturing Technology Centre which will establish world-class digitally enabled AM 'test bed' facilities where aerospace suppliers will be able to learn about and test AM processes.
DRAMA is funded by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), delivered through Innovate UK, and supported by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI).

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