Nippon Gases, part of the global Nippon Sanso Holdings Corporation is the latest company to join the ColdMetalFusion Alliance, which now includes multiple polymer PBF 3D printer manufacturers, a process developer and material expert (Headmade Materials), multiple post-processing experts (PRES-X and AM Solutions) and a sintering expert (Carbolite Gero). The gas expert company, providing gases to inert AM build chambers, aims to offer customers reliable industrial and specialty gas solutions and to work on reliable sintering standards together with the other member companies.
By joining the ColdMetalFusion Alliance, Nippon Gases becomes part of a network of major industry players. With its track record in delivering industrial, medical and specialty gas solutions as one of the global top 5 industrial gas suppliers, the company adds its wide array of capabilities from safety, sinter process know-how, chemistry, heat treatment as well as additive manufacturing with its own competence center. Thus, Nippon Gases can help customers scale up their operation from initial proof of concept to large-scale operation. Nippon Gases joins ColdMetalFusion Alliance likewise other partner from sintering, industrial manufacturing and 3D printing.
ColdMetalFusion is an alliance of industry leaders with decades of experience in the fields of sintering, 3D printing and traditional industrial manufacturing. Together, the Alliance members provide services, equipment, material, software and know-how to customers in the metal manufacturing industry.
“In metal processing, Nippon Gases main areas of activity is welding, as well as oxyfuel-, plasma- and laser-cutting. Over the last years, we have heavily invested to build up our additive manufacturing activities under the 3DPro brand where we can use our know-how from our core business. Within additive, we believe ColdMetalFusion holds immense growth opportunities. It has great potential to increase the reliability of sintering parts – a part we plan to strongly contribute to. Thanks to its process stability, we believe customers can cross the threshold into series production. Since its founding, Nippon Gases has been at the forefront of researching and developing gas engineering technologies and utilizing equipment based on industrial gases. As a customer-centric company, it shares values such as trust, reliability, safety and innovation with the other ColdMetalFusion Alliance members – one of the reasons why we have decided to join the ColdMetalFusion expert network.” says Dominic Mueller, Marketing Manager Additive Manufacturing at Nippon Gases.
ColdMetalFusion’s vision is to industrialize additive manufacturing through common standards in between sintering and additive manufacturing. ColdMetalFusion members not only share standards but also a common culture and way of thinking. As all members are specialists in their field, the alliance is like a melting pot into which everyone brings their expertise and allows it to merge. Always in the spirit of the further development of additive manufacturing towards robust processes and uninterrupted 24/7 operation. The joining of Nippon Gases is a pivotal step to accelerate that vision for ColdMetalFusion. Together with other members, Nippon Gases will instill this thinking into joint solutions.