Additive Manufacturing is the newest manufacturing technology that is taking the world by storm. Since the ultimate goal of Additive Manufacturing is to produce near-net components, thereby eliminating machining waste, vacuum heat treating is well situated to be a lasting partner with printing technologies for many years. Only the vacuum heat treating process can produce the critical temperature uniformity (±2°F) and the vital heating and cooling rates by thermocoupling parts in direct contact with the metal. Additionally, the vacuum heat treating process has the ability to attain vacuum levels of 1 X 10-6 Torr which is necessary to produce the clean oxide-free results. These critical thermal and atmospheric conditions only aid in producing strong, ductile, and crack free metallurgical results that are paramount with the new metallurgy of 3D metal printing.
Clean MIM, PIM and Binder Jet processing as well!