Johnson Matthey materials scientists are looking at a range of projects using additive manufacturing technologies including 3D printing
The promise of additive manufacturing
Additive manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing, rapid prototyping and direct digital manufacturing offer genuinely new avenues for production and product development.
Additive manufacturing is an exciting technology that plays well into our surface chemistry and materials science expertise
Additive manufacturing is where a single machine is able to create a huge variety of physical objects by solidifying material in layers. Layers are printed on top of each other, and each layer is bonded to the next.
The process allows complex objects to be made quickly and without the need for retooling the machine. This means that designs can be continuously adjusted without significant cost or effort.
Additive manufacturing is an exciting technology that plays well into our surface chemistry and materials science expertise. Within Johnson Matthey our materials scientists and technologists are looking at a range of development projects using additive manufacturing technologies, and pilot programmes are already underway with customers.
Keeping up with a fast paced technology
The possibilities of additive manufacturing are highlighted in a review by Johnson Matthey staff of a recent book which covers in detail the latest developments and innovations in this rapidly changing field. The technical application of seven core technologies of additive manufacturing, including vat photopolymerisation, powder bed fusion, materials jetting and binder jetting are discussed in the review, which can be read in the Johnson Matthey Technology Review.
Exploring the possibilities of 3D printing and precious metal powders
As a speciality chemicals company that develops advanced materials and has a long history of expertise in precious metals, Johnson Matthey has a strong interest in precious and speciality metal powders.
If you have an interest in precious metal powders or speciality metal powders for additive layer manufacturing, 3D printing or other applications our Noble Metals business would be keen to hear from you.
Find out more
Read more about the potential of additive manufacturing technologies in Vol 59 Issue 3 of the Johnson Matthey Technology Review: '"Additive Manufacturing Technologies: 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, and Direct Digital Manufacturing", 2nd Edition'