The two companies are working together to optimise the processing techniques for the “high-performance” alloy on Renishaw metal AM systems following a successful debut at the Paris Air Show.

They are also investigating a range of heat treatment regimes to deliver optimum properties in additively manufactured components. The results of these developments will be made available to Renishaw and Aeromet customers.

A20X is a family of “next generation high-strength” aluminium alloy technologies, developed and patented by Aeromet, which includes the A205 casting alloy and AM205 powder for AM.

Says Aeromet AMT director Mike Bond: “A20X is being rapidly adopted for additive manufacture of aero engine, airframe, space, defence and automotive parts. It’s unique combination of high strength, high ductility and performance at high operating temperatures make it ideal for light-weight, stressed components. We look forward to making processing techniques for this innovative alloy more widely available to accelerate its adoption.”

Adds Renishaw Global Solutions Centres director Marc Saunders: “Renishaw’s metal AM systems feature high power lasers, an inert processing environment and open parameters, making them ideal for supporting innovative new materials like A20X. We are working closely with Aeromet to qualify this exciting new alloy on our machines. Through our network of AM Solutions Centres, we can help manufacturers to develop industrial AM processes using A20X.”

The two companies plan to release processing techniques and material properties information in the coming months.