Carpenter Technology Corporation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, has officially opened its new Emerging Technology Center (ETC), in Athens, Alabama, USA. The 500,000 ft2 (46,451 m2) centre is said to offer true end-to-end Additive Manufacturing capabilities, having the facilities to atomise a range of speciality alloys into metal powder, additively manufacture the powder into parts, and finish those parts under one roof.
According to the company, the
ETC’s post-processing equipment includes a state-of-the art quick cooling
Hot Isostatic Press (HIP), as well as vacuum heat treating facilities, to
optimise the material properties of high-value speciality alloy
components. Parts manufactured at the ETC will be able to be qualified for use
in a range of applications, from aerospace and transportation to oil and
gas and energy.
Carpenter Technology stated
that the ETC’s facilities have been designed to maintain full traceability
and provide analytical insights throughout the manufacturing process via a
digital thread, allowing the company to manage the entire manufacturing process
under one roof with a streamlined workflow.
Carpenter has invested $40
million in the ETC to date and expects to invest a total of $52 million in the
centre in total. The ETC is sited adjacent to Carpenter’s Athens manufacturing
facility, which began operations in 2014 and produces speciality alloy products
for the aerospace and energy markets.
“Our Emerging Technology
Center is a critical component of Carpenter Technology’s future growth and
development, and is aligned with our business strategy of evolving to an
end-to-end solutions provider and influential leader in the AM area,”
stated Tony Thene, Carpenter Technology Chief Executive Officer.
“We will also use it as a
base to launch future investments as we expand our soft magnetics
technology platform, scale up additional powder operations and demonstrate a
number of next-generation materials we have under development today,” he