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Additive manufacturing has revolutionised the way things are made. It has opened up new and exciting possibilities for designers, customers and industry alike. At a low cost and in a short timeframe, even complex geometries can be built. It allows extensive customisation, manufacturing flexibility, and on-demand delivery, and has in some fields long advanced from mere prototyping to mass production.
The leading gas supplier enabling additive manufacturing
As in all manufacturing processes, the quality of the end product greatly depends on the properties of the base material and the precision of the machinery. Process gases therefore play a vital role in additive manufacturing and are involved in every step of the AM fabrication chain – from metal powder production to surface finishing. Thanks to BOC's gas and metallurgy expertise, we have been the partner of choice since the earliest developments of the additive manufacturing industry when it comes to finding the right supplier of world-class industrial and specialty gases as well as gas supply solutions.
360° additive manufacturing
Additive manufacturing doesn't start or end on the powder bed. Before and after you fuse metal powder into whatever shape you desire, several independent procedures make sure that your workpieces come out as strong and consistent as you need them to be.
To ensure pure granulate material, the proper atmosphere for atomisation of metal into metal powder is crucial. A great print requires great base material – which is why our know-how in gases is the perfect foundation for powder metallurgy and keeping the powder unchanged during transport and storage before usage.
Your perfect finish requires high-end surface cleaning. Our ADDvance® Cryoclean process uses dry ice to blast powder residues and other unwanted substances from your workpieces the gentle, efficient, and eco-friendly way, and without costly cleaning-related downtimes. It's how a great AM product becomes perfect.
Powder bed fusion AM is carried out in an enclosed atmosphere. Only the correct gas composition for each metal gives you a consistent printing quality. And only BOC has the gas, equipment and cutting-edge technology to ensure a flawless and reproducible print every time.
BOC helps you fine-tune your additive manufacturing/3D processes
BOC is engaged in a number of development projects within powder metallurgy and additive manufacturing processes, aimed at shaping the future of additive manufacturing. Our Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry with research and development capabilities support customer trials and technology exchange to fine-tune processes, reduce costs and eliminate rejects. Or simply: to find the solution that best fits your requirements and unique challenges.