10 November, 2016

Additive manufacturing High Pressure Heat Treatment Hot isostatic pressing (HIP) Material densification Powder Metallurgy

Open House at Oak Ridge National Lab shows High Pressure Heat Treatment for 3D printing

In October, over 20 design and production engineers gathered at Oak Ridge’s National Lab Manufacturing Demonstration Facility in partnership with Quintus Technologies for the first annual Hot Isostatic Open House.

The event presented the opportunity to tour the world renowned Manufacturing Demonstration Facility. The MDF is where 3D innovation happens. The lab is known as one of the premier research facilities in the world for developing new manufacturing technologies.

Attendees participated in thoughtful presentations and discussions based around new research and development and innovations in the Additive Manufacturing industry – such as High Pressure Heat Treatment of 3D printed material, Quintus unique Wire Wound technology which enables quenching under very high pressures, controlled cooling rates for maximizing the material properties by annealing, tempering, softening and hardening, and the engineering and manufacturing technology behind Quintus’s Hot Isostatic Presses.

Invitees were also able to view the newly installed Quintus QIH-9M Uniform Rapid Quench (URQ) Press, which holds the distinction of being the fastest and most versatile HIP in the United States.  They learned how the new features of the HIP will help to improve the overall mechanical characteristics and limit post-process steps to improve material densification while keeping implementation cost in line.

A Question and Answer session with Dr. Bill Peter about breakthroughs in additive manufacturing, advanced material densification, Quintus and ORNL collaboration, and 3D Printing ended the eye-opening Open House.