Oerlikon has recently declared that it has joined America Makes, the US National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. America Makes opens up significant opportunities for Oerlikon to partner with industry leaders and experts, and to be at the forefront of materials testing and research in the areas of additive manufacturing (AM) and 3-D printing (3DP).
Through this partnership with America Makes, Oerlikon becomes part of a network of leading organizations from academia, government, non-governmental agencies and industry. As a member of America Makes, Oerlikon will be able to leverage this expert network and gain valuable expertise to strengthen its own AM activities and reinforce its foothold in the AM and 3DP areas. America Makes’ AM technology roadmap addresses five specific technical areas: design, material, processing, value chain and AM genome.
Dr. Roland Fischer, CEO of the Oerlikon Group, said: “We are seeing a growing demand for lighter materials, more durable properties and increased performance. AM has great potential to satisfy these requirements. At Oerlikon, we are ideally positioned to offer the unique combination of strong and established technology leadership in surface coatings, an extensive worldwide network of service centers, and the technological skills and product portfolio in metal powders from Oerlikon Metco. We look forward to being part of America Makes and working together with other leading industry experts to develop AM technologies and applications.”