Lincotek Additive completed its brand new Additive Production Center for medical devices in its Trento facility by installing a new high-vacuum furnace and a validated heat treatment process, specifically designed for 3D-printed titanium parts. The move, along with an expansion in lab capabilities, triples the capacity for thermal treatment at the site in Northern Italy.
The company has pursued improvements in the Additive Manufacturing (AM) process for 15 years, with a focus on challenges posed by reactive metals, such as titanium, and high-temperature heat treatments. The new investments have led to a reduction in lead times and a robust back-up strategy.
In addition to the significant investment in heat treatment, Lincotek Additive has added a range of instruments to its Trento Laboratory to understand and master AM powder metallurgy. This expansion will boost new project development and validation capability to support the company’s global expansion in this technology.
“We’re delighted that so many OEMs are now taking advantage of our complete additive service offering. Our outstanding performance is based on a profound technical mastery of the additive manufacturing process, building on R&D and validation capability, led by additive experts who support the OEMs in their serial additive manufacturing needs,” says Winfried Schaller, Lincotek, Group CEO. “Today, we’re globalizing our reach, by having invested in an AM facility in our plant in Memphis, Tennessee to best support our US medical customers. In 2019 we have moved to the next step, by opening an Additive Innovation Center in Switzerland, Europe focused on the IGT and Aviation market. We are already working on the next step of growth, looking at expanding our AM capability in China too.”