Dr. Fritsch, a manufacturer of field-assisted sintering systems based in Fellbach, Germany, has announced the delivery of its 1000th sinter press. The company stated that Oxford University, UK, received the new sinter press machine which is capable of sintering a wide range of materials up to 2,400°C at a maximum pressure of 260 kN. It features a fine vacuum level of 0,05 mbar and is equipped with many sensorial options, some customised or developed especially for the university.
The Field-Assisted Sintering Technique (FAST) systems from Dr. Fritsch utilise Joul`s Heating and achieve short sinter cycles. This, states the company, allows it to achieve very high densities and a very homogeneous material structure.
The DSP-507 FAST sinter press delivered to Oxford University will help researchers develop innovative Powder Metallurgy solutions for various applications. The university performs research for a number of industrial customers. “It was important for us to buy a machine from a manufacturer which is also able to deliver turnkey production equipment with this technology to our industrial customers,” stated Alasdair Morrison, Oxford University.
“The applications for field-assisted sintering are steadily increasing. Examples are thermoelectric materials for generating energy out of waste heat and nano-material applications. A profound R&D work is very important for developing such new applications and therefore we are very happy that our 1000th machine goes to a high-class R&D facility like Oxford University,” stated Jens Huber, International Sales Manager, Dr. Fritsch business unit Powder Shaping Technologies.