Renishaw and Aeromet work to optimise metal AM

Renishaw and Aeromet International Limited have announced a collaboration to establish additive manufacturing process parameters and material properties for Aeromet’s A20X® aluminium alloy. The two companies are working together to optimise the processing techniques for the high-performance alloy on Renishaw metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems. They are also investigating a range of heat treatment regimes to deliver optimum properties in additively manufactured components. The results of these developments will be made available to Renishaw and Aeromet customers.

A20X® is a family of next generation high-strength aluminium alloy technologies, developed and patented by Aeromet. The A20X® family includes the Metallic Materials Properties Development and Standardisation (MMPDS)-approved A205 casting alloy and AM205 powder for additive manufacturing. A20X® is an aluminium-copper alloy with a highly-refined microstructure and a unique solidification mechanism, giving it greater strength, fatigue and thermal characteristics compared to other alloys. A20X® powder is available for use in additive manufacturing.