- Additive Manufacturing Processes
- Analysis & Instrumentation
- Cleaning, Polishing & Grinding
- Clinical Analysis & Diagnostics
- Coating & Surface Treatment
- Controlled & Modified Atmospheres
- Cutting, Joining & Heating
- Emissions Solutions
- Energy storage
- Freezing & Cooling
- Fumigation & Pest Control
- Heat Treatment
- Hydrogen Energy
- Leisure & Hospitality
- Melting & Heating
- Oil and Gas
- Petrochemical Processing & Refining
- Pharmaceutical Processing
- Plastics & Rubber Processing
- Process Chemistry
- Pulp & Paper
- Water and Wastewater Treatment
Our in-depth expertise in powder metallurgy and atmosphere control also feed into the 3D printing process, where we have a strong track record in helping customers find the perfect solution for the 3D printing step in their additive manufacturing (AM) value chains.
3D printing, rapid prototyping, rapid tooling and rapid manufacturing all refer to a process whereby a real object is created layer upon layer from a 3D design. Where formerly only conventional subtractive methods were used for production, three-dimensional objects are nowadays more likely to be printed. Reducing time, cost and waste for prototype production as well as giving the freedom for small batch fabrication or serial production, automated 3D printing technology has become a cornerstone of the modern manufacturing industry.
3D printing – a rapidly evolving process technology
3D printing technologies have advanced and matured significantly in recent years. Today there are several 3D technologies available, mainly differing in how layers are built and which materials and bonding agents are used. And this exciting process technology continues to evolve dynamically. The growing variety of application-specific materials and compounds including thermoplastic and metal combinations for instance, new printing processes such as desktop sintering solutions, as well as collaborative partnerships are paving the way for new industry applications and use cases.
3D printing quality fit for the most demanding high-end industries
As a global leader in industrial gases for additive manufacturing processes, including heat treatment and powder metallurgy, we are proud to have raised the bar for 3D printing - printing processes based on metal powder in particular. Our gas solutions, application technologies and state-of-the-art control and monitoring equipment are enabling 3D-printed objects that surpass the standards of manual manufacturing, thus reflecting our commitment to delivering premium quality standards that the automotive, aviation and medical industries can count on. Many AM pioneers in their fields including 3D Medlab in the medical space, Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS in aerospace and Airbus Group Innovations in aviation already successfully deploy our atmosphere control and monitoring solution ADDvance ® O2 precision.
We support a wide range of printing methods such as:Laser 3D printing, including:
- Laser powder bed fusion (LPBF)
- Selective laser sintering (SLS)
- Laser direct energy deposition (laser DED)
Sintering processes, including:
- Fused deposition modeling (FDM)
- Binder jetting
3D-printed parts made with our atmosphere control solutions offer a number of compelling benefits as outlined in the following.
Freedom of design
Forget the tight working envelopes of conventional manufacturing. If you have the correct gases for additive manufacturing, your prototyping is only limited by your imagination. However small, elaborate or complex your newest designs may be, we can help you realize what was previously impossible.
AM products are created in one piece, which gives them unique stability and strength when properly annealed – an important property in all areas of manufacturing. With the correct gas composition in the chamber, this lets you engineer novel parts that can bear any load and defy any force to stand the test of time.
Hollow structures are a massive achievement. The right AM gases allow you to build products with a lightweight and robust cellular lattice at their core. The result: workpieces with all the strength of a conventional product at a fraction of their weight. This makes them perfect for high-end applications like aeronautical engineering
Given the right gases and the necessary know-how, AM processes can create products with any desired surface texture, which is especially valuable in the medical and other precision-critical fields. It is even possible to give different parts of the same product a different finish - right from scratch - without complicated post-processing.
Please contact us for personal consulting about our high-quality gases for 3D printing.