Powdermet’s new microcomposite deformation processing facility includes a recently installed 15” Mino-Battista 300 ton hot rolling mill with capabilities of constrained rolling of sheet and plate ranging from 20 mils to 4” in thickness in widths up to 14”. The now operational hot rolling facility supports development of micro/nanocomposite metals, and represents a significant new capability to the advanced metallic composites industry. Planned additions to the microcomposite deformation processing facility include a 5000 ton Harwood forming press, and a 1500 ton Watson-Farrel extrusion press and large size equal channel angular processing capability. Both machines are currently completing refurbishment and installation. The new microcomposite deformation processing center helps support Powdermet’s SComP™ syntactic composite, and MComP™ microcomposite, hierarchically structured high strength micro/nanocomposite light metal development efforts. The company’s MComP™ micro/nanocomposite hierarchically structured metals offer very high strength-to-weight ratios in magnesium and aluminum alloys; while the company’s SComP™ syntactic composites utilize ultra-low density ceramic microballoon reinforcements to provide the lowest density and the highest energy absorption capabilities of any metallic system in advanced development today.
The new microcomposite deformation processing center equipment, coupled with Powdermet’s core competency and extensive expertise in manufacturing nanocomposite metals and ceramics from hierarchically structured powder precursors, places Powdermet as a unique bridge between university and national lab-based basic research and full scale manufacturing and component production that few facilities are poised to handle.
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