Additive manufacturing is being increasingly used for industrial applications. However, long production times currently inhibit its use in large-scale series production typical of the automotive industry. Combining conventional processes with AM can be one solution to meet this challenge.
Global technology Group Oerlikon has entered into an AM research alliance with Linde, an industrial gases company, and the Technical University of Munich. The aim is to develop new high-strength, lightweight aluminum-based alloys that can serve the safety and weight reduction needs of the aerospace and automotive industries.