Dec 5, 2014

Germany-based material supplier H.C. Starck and Ohio-based Rapid Prototype and Manufacturing (rp+m) announce an agreement to develop new materials and innovative products using the latest 3D printing and technology metal manufacturing.

The H.C. Starck Group is a leading global supplier of technology metals and advanced ceramics. In 2013, the company had about 2,800 employees in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan.

rp+m is a plastic injection molding/contract manufacturing company and provides rapid prototyping and 3D printing and scanning in-house. It worked collaboratively with ExOne to develop the application of bonded tungsten in the design of rp+m's products to be used in protecting people and their environments from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation.

Now together both partners plan to develop new technology materials and alloys, and products using additive manufacturing tools. For example, with 3D printing a single-piece molybdenum or tungsten component for medical imaging equipment can be produced more efficiently and to the most exacting specifications. Also, additive manufacturing provides the capability to rapidly develop prototype products all the way to production levels.

"H.C. Starck's agreement with rp+m extends our capabilities and puts us on the leading edge to providing components to the medical and security imaging industries. It extends our portfolio with 3D lead-free products for collimators and anti-scatter grids for CT scanners, SPECT and gamma cameras using this latest technology," said Dmitry Shashkov, Member of H.C. Starck's Executive Board and Head of the Fabricated Products Division.

"We are excited to accelerate focused efforts on our technology in refractory metals in BinderJet printing for additive manufacturing with H.C. Starck. This is a unique opportunity to gain access to the global market, advance processing material capabilities and push our technology forward. Our relationship with H.C. Starck will allow us to penetrate the market quickly and drive our strategy," said Anthony Hughes, President and CTO Rapid Prototype and Manufacturing, LLC.


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