Materials

APWORKS and Toyal announce partnership to develop advanced 3D printing material

APWORKS, an Airbus subsidiary focused on metal additive manufacturing, and Toyal Group, a producer of aluminum based products, have announced a new partnership.

The companies will collaborate on the further development, production and distribution of Scalmalloy, an aluminum magnesium-scandium alloy (AlMgSc).

Scalmalloy is a high-strength material, comparable in strength to titanium. It boasts tensile strength up to 520 MPa, density of 2.67g/cm³ and ductility with 13% Elongation at break. Designed for use with powder-bed SLM additive manufacturing systems, the material was one of the first specifically developed for use in metal 3D printing.

Applications in aerospace, automotive and robotics

Sven Lauxmann, Head of Sales and Marketing at APWORKS, commented, “We are convinced that TOYAL is a cooperation partner with whom we can ensure a continuous development of the material composition and the production process of our unique material for our customers.”

“The close collaboration creates an excellent synergy between TOYAL’s decades of experience in the production and global marketing of aluminium based products and APWORKS’ more intensive experience in processing Scalmalloy® in 3D printing. Our common goal is to market Scalmalloy® by the global presence of TOYAL for numerous customers and a wide range of applications ranging from aerospace to automotive up to robotics.”

TOYAL will produce the patented aluminum alloy Scalmalloy® on the company’s know-how and is also focussed on potential further developments in the composition of the alloy or in relation to an optimized production process. In addition, TOYAL will distribute the high performance alloy through its own distribution network.

“The partnership with APWORKS will strengthen the value Toyal brings by adding a reference material, Scalmalloy®, to the existing portfolio of high quality aluminum based alloy powders for Additive Manufacturing applications.” says Jun Kusui, Head of the Powder & Paste business unit of TOYALGroup.

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Featured image shows the the Airbus APWORKS Lightrider, made using Scalmalloy. Photo by Michael Petch.

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