Rusal Inks Agreement with Sauer to Develop Aluminium 3D Printing Technology

Rusal Inks Agreement with Sauer to Develop Aluminium 3D Printing Technology
DMC 850 V Fräsmaschine (milling machine). Source: Wikimedia

Russian aluminium producer UC Rusal announced an agreement with Germany’s SAUER GmbH yesterday. SAUER, part of German firm DMG Mori AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT, is a manufacturer of metal-cutting machine tools.

According to Rusal, the two signed a memorandum of understanding to develop 3D printing technology aimed at industrial printing of aluminium and its alloys. The memorandum specifies that the firms will jointly develop such technology for the machinery-producing, aerospace, and automotive sectors.

The agreement will have Rusal developing aluminium alloys and converting them to powder to be tested by Sauer’s equipment. Both firms will conduct quality assessments of the raw aluminium, aluminium alloys, and aluminium powders Rusal produces for printing purposes. Sauer will be tasked with providing the necessary equipment as well as setting up new production. The firm will also promote the new products and technology among its existing clients.

“The key benefit of 3D printing technology is its ability to make industrial parts of any shape and complexity that cannot be produced using conventional means. With this technology, we can produce unique prototypes over a very short period of time. Also, the technology is practically waste-free. RUSAL is very strong in R&D and manufacturing in aluminium powders, and by combining our efforts with DGM MORI, the largest manufacturer of hybrid 3D additive manufacturing machines in the world, to expand industrial use of the 3D technology, we hope to become a leading global player in this sector,” said Alexey Arnautov, RUSAL’s Director for New Projects.

Founded in 1870, DMG Mori AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT began as Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik Gildemeister & Comp in Bielefeld, Germany. The firm became a public limited company in 1899 and began selling stock in 1950. Gildemeister AG (as it was known at the time) entered into a cooperation agreement with Japan’s Mori Seiki, expanding its access to markets in Asia and North America. The two companies merged in June, 2015.