Holdson Limited and the University of Birmingham forge partnership to accelerate use of refractory metals and Nitinol using Additive Manufacturing

Electrochemical post-processing specialist, Holdson, proudly announces its collaboration with the University of Birmingham to develop the use of materials such as refractory metals and Nitinol within the advancing field of Additive Manufacturing (AM).

Through this partnership, the organisations will explore how a range of material types are printed and post-processed for use in multiple applications. Holdson’s Chief Technology Officer, Neil Dickinson, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, “This collaboration aligns with Holdson’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation in manufacturing. We are eager to work in partnership with the experts at the University of Birmingham to leverage our collective know-how in exploring new developments within AM.

The University of Birmingham has already successfully carried out projects that resulted in the printing of sample parts with Nitinol and various refractory metals, and has now teamed with Holdson to further their understanding of surface treatments. In doing so, they will investigate the effects on the structural properties in additively manufactured components.

The University of Birmingham, renowned for its contributions to advanced materials processing, brings a wealth of knowledge to the venture. Prof. Moataz Attallah, Director of the Advanced Materials & Processing Laboratory (AMPLab), commented, “Our experience with alloys, coupled with Holdson’s broad and deep post-processing knowledge, positions us perfectly to unlock the full potential of AM of high-value metals and alloys. Nitinol in particular presents a unique opportunity, as this shape-memory alloy could unlock many potential new developments, most notably within the medical sector. We will also target further opportunities for post-processing of refractory metals for use in the space and nuclear fusion sectors. We are excited about the possibilities that this collaboration holds..”

The arrangement aims to amalgamate Holdson’s industry-leading electrochemical polishing technology with the University’s research prowess, helping to propel advancements in both industrial and clinical applications.

Holdson and the University of Birmingham will work together to conduct in-depth research, exploring the intricacies of printing and post-processing a range of refractory metals. Neil Dickinson further emphasised, “In an era where manufacturing is undergoing rapid transformation, partnerships like these are crucial. We believe that our collaboration with The University of Birmingham will not only redefine AM processes but also contribute significantly to the broader landscape of advanced manufacturing. We look forward to making further announcements about the findings from this collaboration with such a prestigious academic team.”

For media enquiries, please contact:

Holdson – lauren@holdson.co.uk


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