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Materials Companies Get Serious at RAPID 2019

Still reeling from a flurry of activity at RAPID 2019, I thought I’d share a thought that occurred to me at the show. Materials companies are getting serious about additive manufacturing. Certainly that was evident on the metals side. Carpenter Technology for example, introduced their new Carpenter Additive division. It serves as a single source for its clients, not only providing metal powder, but also offering assistance with qualifying and producing metal parts. Oerlikon was also at the event and showed off it’s new Innovation Hub & Advanced Component Production facility, located in Huntsville, Alabama. They invested over $50 million in the 125,000 sq foot center, which employs about 60 people. It officially opened shortly after the show. Perhaps one of the biggest splashes at the show was made by Henkel’s Loctite brand. It seemed the company was everywhere. Their exhibit was up front-and-center and nearly everyone was wearing […]

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