Bodycote confirms Hot Isostatic Pressing location delivery

AMJan18News - bodycote1
AMJan18News - bodycote1

Heat treatment and specialist thermal processing services provider, Bodycote has announced that its Sint Niklaas, Belgium, Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) location will take delivery of a new ‘Mega-HIP’ unit which will be operational by the end of 2018.

The new high pressure, high temperature Mega-HIP is Nadcap capable to meet the growing demand of the European aerospace market over the next five years and beyond. This investment will significantly increase Bodycote’s Nadcap HIP capacity globally, in addition to the substantial increase in Nadcap capacity which Bodycote completed in 2017. These recent investments highlight Bodycote’s commitment to expand its global HIP capacity to meet market requirements.

The recently launched Powdermet technologies incorporate new, patent-pending techniques that combine 3D printing with well-established net shape and near net shape (NNS) techniques. This new hybrid technology dramatically reduces the manufacturing time and production cost of a part compared to producing the same part using 3D printing alone.

Bodycote says it operates the world’s largest HIP equipment network and continues to invest in recognition of growing demand for HIP technology. Having established HIP expertise over several decades, Bodycote has over 50 HIP vessels of varying sizes in multiple locations. Processing capability can accommodate components which are nominally up to 2m diameter by 3.5m high; and weighing 0.1kg to over 30,000kg. In addition to standard quality and environmental accreditations, Bodycote’s HIP facilities also hold ASTM and NORSOK accreditations.



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