Quintus HIP Headed to New Oregon AM Research CenterSeptember 24, 2021
A Quintus Technologies hot isostatic press (HIP) will help anchor the new 30,000-sq.-ft. additive research facility at the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research & Development (OMIC R&D) in Scappoose, OR, when it opens next year.
Overseen by Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech), a public polytechnic university, OMIC R&D is a collaborative effort that brings together industry and higher education with government support to conduct applied research and advanced technical training. Its mission: to increase industrial competitiveness by developing new tools and techniques to address manufacturing challenges, particularly in the aerospace and defense, transportation, and metals sectors.
The Quintus QIH 48 M URC press will allow new research into 3D printing technology and optimized material properties. The press is equipped with Quintus’ Uniform Rapid Cooling, which combines HIP and heat treatment in a single process. Accelerated cooling under pressure minimizes thermal distortion and improves material properties. Operating at a temperature of 2550 F and pressure to 30,000 psi, the new press will give OMIC researchers the ability to study densification of metals as well as how high-pressure heat treatment (HPHT) can modify grain structure to enhance the mechanical properties of parts produced via additive manufacturing (AM). The QIH 48 features a hot zone diameter of 14.8 in. and height of 47.2 in.
“Our solutions can be implemented by regional, national and international partners to increase their competitiveness,” says Craig Campbell, OMIC executive director. “We chose Quintus as a partner because the company is continually innovating, and developing new processes such as HPHT. After evaluating the needs of the industry, we concluded that HIP and HPHT would be critical sciences in the commercialization of AM.”
“To conduct world-class, competitive research on new high-performance metal alloys, long-lasting tools, and rapid production of complex metal structures, especially in AM, materials densification plays a pivotal role,” adds Dr. Mostafa Saber, Associate Professor of Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology at Oregon. “That is where the advanced generation of HIP offers the solution.”
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