The Technology Innovation Institute (TII), a scientific research centre and part of Abu Dhabi Government’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), has announced AMALLOY-HT. This new aluminum alloy powder, developed at TII’s Advanced Materials Research Center (AMRC), is reported to be the first metal alloy developed in the Middle East specifically for use in Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) Additive Manufacturing machines.
“While there have been several examples of new materials for Additive Manufacturing emerging from laboratories in the US, Europe, and Australia, this is the first time the UAE has joined the elite list of countries with sovereign capabilities in this domain,” stated Dr Nesma Aboulkhair, Director of Additive Manufacturing at TII. ”We are now cultivating the expertise to produce metal powder and design innovative materials, empowering us to manufacture existing alloys and create new ones for both local and global markets.”
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TII’s research and development efforts have expanded the range of high-strength metals suitable for Additive Manufacturing. AMALLOY-HT is a newly released high-temperature variant of AMALLOY, a low-cost, high-strength aluminium alloy. AMALLOY-HT is reported to have demonstrated impressive thermal stability, particularly in extremely high-temperature environments up to 300°C, the highest operating temperature for aluminium before it begins to degrade.
TII has already filed two patents for AMALLOY and AMALLOY-HT with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Additionally, TII intends to use its framework to develop alloys from other metal families.
“As part of TII’s ongoing commitment to innovation, AMALLOY-HT will continue to undergo refinement, fine-tuning, and even more comprehensive testing,” added Dr Federico Bosio, Lead Researcher in Additive Manufacturing Materials at TII. “The goal is to commercialise the high-strength aluminium alloy specifically designed for high-temperature applications. While this material creates a plethora of new opportunities and solutions for industries around the world, it will also elevate Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s reputation as a hub for cutting-edge research and development.”
It was stated that the introduction of AMALLOY and its new high temperature variant are expected to boost international collaboration opportunities for researchers, manufacturers, and industry leaders, and allow them to harness the full potential of these advanced materials.