Boeing investment adds to interest in Digital Alloys metals 3D Printing

Published 09 August 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, aerospace, boeing, digital alloys

Branding itself as ‘the fastest way to make the hardest parts’, Digital Alloys has stepped into the spotlight with its metals Joule Printing technology, backed by Boeing HorizonX Ventures.

With the Digital Alloys Joule Printing process metal can be deposited at over 5kg per hour at a comparatively low power output to traditional SLS technologies, and is wire-fed rather than using more expensive specialist powders, lending itself to a large boost in productivity and reduction in raw material costs.

Additionally, the technology can rapidly combine multiple metals into each part, which can enhance thermal, electrical, magnetic and mechanical properties - allowing metals like titanium and high-temperature alloys to be 3D-printed for parts that could be used on Boeing products.

“Our investment in Digital Alloys will help Boeing produce metal structural aerospace parts faster and at higher volume than ever before,” said Boeing HorizonX Ventures managing director Brian Schettler.

“By investing in companies with emerging additive manufacturing technologies, we aim to strengthen Boeing’s expertise and help accelerate the design and manufacture of 3D-printed parts to transform production systems and products.”

“Our novel Joule Printing process is faster, more cost-effective, and more reliable than other approaches,” said Digital Alloys CEO Duncan McCallum, adding that the partnership with Boeing will make the company founded in January 2017, a ‘smarter, stronger company’.

“We are committed to enabling Boeing and other leading manufacturers to create valuable new products quickly and at less cost by incorporating metal 3D printing into their production.”

Digital Alloys’ Series B funding round raised $12.9M and was led by G20 Ventures, with participation by Boeing HorizonX Ventures, Lincoln Electric, Khosla Ventures.

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