Alcoa Opens Powdered Metal Production Facility for Metal 3D Printing

The facility will be used to produce titanium, nickel and aluminum powders.

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Alcoa has opened a powdered metal production facility at its Technology Center outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to serve the metal additive industry. The facility will produce titanium, nickel and aluminum powders developed for 3D-printed aerospace parts. Alcoa also has invested in a range of technologies to further develop additive processes, product design and qualification.

Metal powders used for additively manufacturing durable, high-quality aerospace parts are available in limited quantities, says the company. Through this expansion, the company intends to develop materials with the specific properties needed to print high-performance components out of metal.

The facility will form part of Arconic following separation from Alcoa’s traditional commodity business in the second half of 2016. The plant is part of a $60-million investment in advanced 3D printing materials and processes that builds on the company’s 3D printing capabilities in California, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Texas.

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