Nikon SLM Solutions and Howco Metals Management Extend Partnership

Strategic advancements are focused on additive manufacturing for aerospace.

Strategic advancements are focused on additive manufacturing for aerospace.

This strengthened collaboration is marked by Howco’s recent acquisition of two new SLM 280 PS systems. Image courtesy of Nikon SLM Solutions.

Nikon SLM Solutions announces an enhancement in its partnership with Howco Metals Management LLC. This strengthened collaboration is marked by Howco's recent acquisition of two new SLM 280 PS systems and an exclusive initiative to develop and deploy high-quality process parameters for C103 alloy, tailored for aerospace applications. Howco will have exclusivity for nondefense applications of C103 for 3 years on the Nikon SLM 280 and SLM 500 systems.

This strategic development enables Howco to significantly upscale its production capabilities, now totaling four advanced Nikon SLM machines. The initiative helps diversify Howco's material offerings, targeting the aerospace sector with the introduction of C103—a high-performance alloy.

“Partnering with Nikon SLM Solutions has equipped us with unparalleled technological support, enabling us to expand into new markets beyond our traditional scope,” says Conrad Kao, director of Additive Manufacturing at Howco. “These advanced SLM 280 PS systems empower us to enhance our operational efficiency and cater to the intricate needs of the aerospace industry.”

The collaboration focuses on optimizing the properties of C103 for rocket nozzles and other high-temperature applications.

“This partnership is instrumental as we continue to push the boundaries of additive manufacturing,” says Antony Browy, regional sales manager at Nikon SLM Solutions. “The exclusive development of C103 process parameters sets a new industry benchmark, ensuring Howco not only meets but exceeds the stringent quality and performance standards demanded by the aerospace sector.”

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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