In order to better fulfill the quality requirements of 3D printed serial metal parts, FIT Additive Manufacturing Group now relies on the technological synergy of additive manufacturing and material-specific High-Pressure Heat Treatment (HPHT). For this purpose, the German AM specialists invested in the latest HIP (High Isostatic Pressing) machine by Swedish manufacturer Quintus Technologies. HPHT services are expected to lead to a significantly higher part density and better overall quality and will be available by FIT as of September 2019.
HPHT and HIP are used for the consolidation and densification of metal and ceramic parts. With typical pressures of up to 2,070 bar and temperatures of up to 1,400 °C and cooling rates of 4 K/sec, HIP treatment can improve the mechanical properties of the component and produce a component density of almost 100%.
"We have evaluated the requirements of 250 international industrial customers for five years, and HIP turned out as an answer to many quality issues. The results that can be achieved by combining AM and HPHT are highly encouraging. It's beyond all question that our customers will benefit strongly from this partnership. I even think that all additive serial manufacturing will experience a big boost when integrating HPHT as a post-processing service", said Carl Fruth, CEO FIT AG.
Jan Söderström, CEO at Quintus Technologies, also welcomes the cooperation with FIT as a ground-breaking step: "We have high expectations in the industrialization of HPHT post-processing by leading AM specialist FIT Additive Manufacturing Group. The overall optimization of process parameters and material-specific heat treatment parameters in an in-line, lean-process production will lead to a new high-quality benchmark while reducing costs." FIT and Quintus Technologies have also entered into a marketing agreement that reflects the commitment of both companies to work closely together to spread the use of the HPHT process.
About FIT Additive Manufacturing Group:
The FIT Additive Manufacturing Group is an international leading industry partner in the field of Additive Manufacturing. As a technology pioneer with around 25 years of experience, the company manufactures prototypes, production tools, 3D printed spare parts, as well as additively manufactured end components for a rich variety of verticals. The AM expert makes the entire chain of 3D printing available, from additive design and engineering through to production and professional finishing options. In addition, FIT also provides numerous conventional technologies such as CNC-milling, injection molding, vacuum casting, or elastomer manufacturing. Group revenue in 2018 was around EUR 25 million. FIT Additive Manufacturing Group currently employs 280 people, most of them at the company's headquarters in Lupburg, Germany, but also in Brasov (Romania), Zhukovsky (Russian Federation) as well as in Nagoya (Japan), and Peoria (USA).
About Quintus Technologies:
Quintus Technologies specializes in the design, manufacture, installation, and support of high pressure systems for sheet metal forming and densification of advanced materials and critical industrial components. Headquartered in Västerås, Sweden, and represented in 35 countries worldwide, the company is the world leader in high pressure technology and has delivered more than 1,800 systems to customers across the globe within industries such as aerospace, automotive, energy, and medical implants.
Press contact at FIT Additive Manufacturing Group:
Dr. Elisabeth Bauer
FIT Additive Manufacturing Group
Am Grohberg 1
Phone: +49 (0) 9492 9429 43
Fax: +49 (0) 9492 9429 11