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Improving the Surface Finish of Additive Manufactured Parts

  • Magazine Article
  • 17AERP12_03
Published December 01, 2017 by SAE International in United States
  • English

A new chemical immersion treatment could revolutionise the aerospace industry

South West Metal Finishing has been working on an additive manufacturing surface treatment process for the last three years and believes it could be the future choice of aircraft manufacturers around the world, such as the likes of Safran, UTC Aerospace and Airbus.

Almbriteā„¢ is a chemical immersion process designed to modify and enhance the surface of additive manufactured (AM) parts by removing foreign object debris whilst smoothing and brightening the surface of a part, as illustrated in Figure 1.