Oerlikon and Hirtenberger to industrialize AM parts

From left to right: Dr. Wolfgang Hansal, Managing Director, Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces and Dr. Sven Hicken, Oerlikon, Head of Additive Manufacturing Business Unit.

Oerlikon AM, the additive manufacturing unit of global technology group Oerlikon, and Hirtenberger Engineered Services have entered into a strategic alliance to further industrialize series production and prototyped parts.

Oerlikon AM and Hirtenberger began working together early this year to evaluate the Hirtisation Process, a post-processing technology for additive manufacturing that allows three-dimensional surface treatment, including the removal of support structures and automatization of the post-processing steps.

The Hirtisation Process is now proven to allow parts to be made that were previously unrealizable. With this knowledge, the two companies are intensifying their collaboration and have created a joint working group to explore how the process can be integrated into the AM value chain. The new process results in smoother surface textures. It also allows for the production of complex parts that require interior support structures during production without impacting the integrity of the part.

Additionally, Oerlikon AM and Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces are working on applying the Hirtisation Process to the prototyping business, which is expected to improve productivity by eliminating extra finishing steps.

The two companies intend to bring this technology jointly to the North American market in 2020.