Aeromet receives crucial funding to advance new A20X aerospace-grade additive material

Aeromet International
Ltd
, is a UK-based manufacturer of aluminum
and cast metal parts for aerospace and defense industries. In
August 2017 the company announced that it was working with
UK-based engineering firm
Renishaw, to
establish

3D printing processes for Aeromet’s A20X

aluminum alloy.

The UK’s National
Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme
(NATEP) has
just awarded funding to Aeromet and its partners, which now
include Rolls-Royce,
Renishaw
and Phoenix
Scientific Industries Ltd
 (PSI), for the further
development of A20X in 3D printing. 
PSI is a
UK-based company known for its use of gas atomization in the
production of metal powders.

NATEP is an initiative supporting UK companies that are
developing new technologies for the aerospace supply
chain.

Aeromet's A20X aluminum alloy. Photo via Aeromet International Ltd.Aeromet’s A20X aluminum
alloy. Photo via Aeromet International Ltd.

A high strength, high temperature alloy for metal 3D
printing

A20X is an aluminum-copper alloy with a “highly-refined
microstructure and a unique solidification mechanism, giving it
greater strength, fatigue and thermal characteristics compared
to other alloys.” Aeromet says castings made from A20X are
already in production for high-strength, high-temperature

aerospace applications
.

The company says that A20X is the
world’s strongest aluminium casting alloy with full

Metallic Materials
Properties Development and Standardization

(MMPDS) and
Aerospace Material Standards
(AMS)
approval.

Aeromet currently provides OEMs such as Airbus, Boeing and Rolls-Royce with metal
components for uses ranging from engines to airplane winglets.

Part of a winglet manufactured by Aeromet. Photo via Aeromet International Ltd.Part of a winglet
manufactured by Aeromet. Photo via Aeromet International Ltd.

Collaborating for A20X 3D printing

According to Dr. Martin McMahon, Renishaw’s Business
Development Manager of Global Solutions Centres, “Renishaw is
very pleased to be a part of this project.”

“Renishaw’s state of the art metal AM systems feature high
power multiple lasers, a class leading inert processing
environment, and a unique open parameter development platform,
making them ideal for investigating innovative new materials
like A20X.”

Paul Murray, Rolls-Royce’s Principal Materials Engineer
adds, “Rolls-Royce are excited to participate in this project
and contribute to the development of this very promising new
aluminium alloy,”

“NATEP is a proven programme with a strong track record
of supporting innovation in the UK aerospace supply
chain.” 

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Featured image shows Aeromet’s A20X aluminum alloy.
Photo via Aeromet International Ltd.

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