Global metal additive manufacturing OEM, AddUp Solutions, and engineered materials company, Uniformity Labs are working together to maximize the productivity of Uniformity’s Ti64 Grade 23 titanium alloy using the AddUp FormUp350 laser powder bed fusion printer. This partnership aims to target regulated healthcare and aerospace production using metal additive manufacturing technologies.
The partnership’s goal is to jointly market Uniformity Ti64 Grade 23 as an advanced material option on the FormUp350 to the combined customer base of AddUp and Uniformity.
“We’re excited about the potential of this collaboration,” said Uniformity CEO Adam Hopkins. “The advanced features of the FormUp350 and the optimized material properties of our ultra-low porosity Ti64 Grade 23 powder produce the highest quality printed alloy ideal for medical and other high-performance applications such as aerospace and energy. Ti64 is the starting point as we will look to verify other materials on the FormUp350 platform with AddUp.”
Developed by an in-house team of leading materials scientists and 3D printing innovators, Uniformity Ti64 exhibits notable mechanical performance, surface roughness, and greatly improved throughput, increasing part production by as much as 100% or more compared to the printing of other Ti64 alloys with equivalent mechanical properties.
“Uniformity Lab’s metal powders combined with AddUp’s unique roller demonstrate the ability to unlock applications where demanding surface finish and mechanical requirements combined with high levels of productivity are critical,” said Rush LaSelle, CEO AddUp, Inc. “Initial testing of Ti64 Grade 23 on the FormUp350 exhibited increased machine productivity, helping our customers to justify applications which, to date, may have been out of reach. Our engineering teams continue to collaborate in qualifying Ti64 Grade 23 medical applications and have already begun planning for additional materials to more broadly serve AddUp customers in healthcare and other high-value markets.”
Launched in 2021, the FormUp350 PBF machine is modular and scalable – providing high productivity while ensuring user safety. The FormUp has up to four 500W lasers, a bidirectional coating system with 40% faster powder spreading, and 160+ accessible parameters – making the system an open platform. The FormUp includes an autonomous powder module, powder storage, machine feeding, and unfused powder recovering and sieving, allowing operators to work safely, having no contact with the powder. AddUp Solutions’ roller technology achieves a 20% higher density of the powder bed, allowing for an improved surface finish, extreme unsupported overhangs, and a fine feature resolution.