Taiwan’s GMTC partners with Thermal Technology LLC to develop metal 3D printing powders (US)

Gloria Material Technology Corp. (GMTC), a Taiwan-based specialty alloys manufacturer, and Thermal Technology LLC, a California-based sintering system manufacturer, will be collaborating to develop metal powders for 3D printing. The two companies recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the partnership. The signing of the MoU was a big event, as representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Affairs and Taiwan’s Ministry of Economy were present as witnesses to the signing. By working together to develop state-of-the-art metal powders for additive manufacturing, the companies are aiming to increase Taiwan’s role within the Asia-Pacific region as a key supplier of metal powder. The partnership marks a significant collaboration between the United States’ additive manufacturing industry and Taiwan’s. The alliance will also enable both sides to learn from one another and improve the process of manufacturing fine metal powders. The collaboration is also aimed at bringing costs for metal powders down, and at expanding the number of applications that exist for the 3D printing materials. According to a source, Gloria Material Technology and Thermal Technology will be working to produce a variety of AM metal powders, including nickel, super alloys, titanium alloys, and more. Metal 3D printing has become one of the most promising areas of additive manufacturing, with significant applications in the medical, aerospace, automotive, and energy sectors. From custom implants, to aircraft parts, to energy turbine components, metal 3D printing is proving to be the future of advanced manufacturing.  There are, however, some prohibitive factors that have kept metal 3D printing back, including the cost of metal powders, as well as the limited variety of metal materials that can be additively manufactured. Through collaborations like the one just signed by Gloria Material and Thermal Technology, we could soon see these challenges and hurdles being overcome. Robert Chen, the president of Gloria Material Technology, stated that he hopes the joint initiative will enable his company to not only develop new materials for 3D printing, but will result in the establishment of quality standards and inspection standards, a material properties database, and more. Based in Santa Rosa, part of California’s Sonoma County, Thermal Technology is also strategically located. As Wang explained, due to its proximity to Silicon Valley, Sonoma County is geographically significant and is primely located for the manufacturing and supply of metal 3D printing powders. Ultimately, the goal of the MoU is to establish Taiwan as a major supplier of metal powders for additive manufacturing.

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