NATEP to Fund Development of Advanced Metal AM Powder
A group of companies led by Aeromet International, UK, has been awarded funding from the UK’s National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) to further development of Aeromet’s proprietary A20X powder.
The proprietary aluminum alloy was originally meant for casting, but the group is now developing a powder form for new applications, including the creation of metal components via metal additive manufacturing (AM). Additional partner companies include Renishaw, Rolls-Royce, and PSI.
NATEP, an Aerospace Growth Partnership initiative, is an industry-led program which aims to support British companies in the aerospace supply chain to develop innovative technologies.
Mike Bond, director of advanced material technology, Aeromet, said: "We are very pleased to have been awarded NATEP funding for this exciting project. By working with our partners, we hope to further develop our powder technology and create a new option for high-strength additive manufactured parts. NATEP is a great way for innovative companies to come together to develop cutting-edge technologies."