Hitachi Metals Singapore (HMS) and A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) have extended by three years their existing joint lab collaboration to develop metal powders for additive manufacturing (AM) to enable players in the local AM ecosystem to reap more benefits from 3D printing. An additional investment of SD 8.5M brings the joint lab’s total investment to SD 14M over six years.
The collaboration will continue to help HMS build capabilities to venture into AM by developing and producing metal powders for AM processes in sectors such as aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, and semiconductors.
Combining HMS’s expertise in materials with SIMTech’s capabilities in advanced manufacturing, the joint R&D team will continue to undertake projects in three key areas: develop new high-performance metal powders for metal AM; develop AM processes and relevant post-processes for industrial components; and develop quality assurance methodologies to evaluate the quality of printed parts.
In the next three years, the team will continue to co-innovate and co-develop technologies and processes for high-performance metal powders aligning to the requirements of the industry, and refine powder atomization process recipes to improve yield and quality.