High strength lightweight new 3D printing aluminum alloy, Airbus aircraft joint TOYOTA car
The two world names of Airbus and TOYOTA, although different from "play", one is an aircraft and a car, but all have actively embraced 3D printing technology. Naturally, the two went together to November 27, 2017 polar bear learned in this regard, Airbus's responsible for 3D printing business subsidiary APWORKS will join TOYOTA and continue to develop production and sales by Airbus developed for new high strength Al Mg SC alloy 3D printing Scalmalloy. Scalmalloy is the world's first designed for SLM (selective laser melting) Aluminum Alloy material 3D printing technology development, has the unique microstructure, tensile strength up to 520 MPa, density of 2.67 g / cm3, the elongation is 13%, regardless of fatigue resistance, weldability, strength / weight ratio, or extension of Aluminum Alloy (better than the ordinary strength even comparable to titanium alloy), in addition to a cooling rate is very high, can keep stable at high temperatures. Therefore, it is very suitable for Aeronautics and Astronautics, defense and transportation.
In fact, as early as 2015, the Airbus used Scalmalloy 3D to print a cabin structure (above), which successfully helped the A320 airliner to be slim. In May 20, 2016, the company also used the material to print the world's first bionic electric motorcycle Light Rider. The strength is not less than the ordinary motorcycle, but weighs only 35 kg, very light. Not long ago, APWORKS had just made similar cooperation with the famous British metal powder manufacturer, LPW, which started the mass production of Scalmalloy from the latter. It can be seen how great the potential of this new alloy is.
It is learnt that in this cooperation, TOYOTA will use its expertise to produce Scalmalloy alloy, and then sell it through its worldwide sales network. At the same time, they will further study the potential composition of Scalmalloy and optimize its production process. "We believe that TOYOTA is a good partner, can help our customers continue to provide continuous and the development of Scalmalloy alloy," sales and marketing director Sven Lauxm Ann APWORKS said, "our goal is in the world market of this new alloy, it will provide from various fields of aerospace and robot etc. customers."