Kanthal introduces additive manufacturing for heating applications
As global technology leader in electrical heating and high-temperature applications, Kanthal launches an additive manufacturing service that disrupts traditional design of heating elements and components. Together with the new iron-chromium-aluminum (FeCrAl) alloy, Kanthal® AM100, specially developed for 3D-printing, the new service called Kanthal® Additive Manufacturing offers a revolutionary solution for the heating industry.
Kanthal has been focusing on the relatively young area of additive manufacturing to get a full understanding of how to best use the company’s unique materials and expertise in electrical heating solutions to create value for the customer. With superior high-temperature properties, the new Kanthal® AM100 alloy opens the door for new possibilities in high temperature applications.
Reinforced by the design freedom and rapid prototyping of additive manufacturing, Kanthal pushes to provide better and faster solutions for prototyping and production.
Kanthal President Nicklas Nilsson sees endless possibilities as well as great customer value with the new customization service.
“There are basically no limits to what you can design,” Nilsson says. “The possibilities are endless, and once you grasp that, it truly opens up for revolutionary innovation.”
From its position as the number one company for sustainable industrial heating technology, Kanthal sees enormous potential in the transformation from gas to electric heating, a move that will have additive manufacturing as an integral part.
“It has so many benefits, from both a design and a business viewpoint, as well as of course from a sustainability perspective,” Nilsson says. “This technology is the future.”