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Alcoa Opens 3D Printing Metal Powder Plant in Pittsburgh, PA

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– Lightweight metals pioneer Alcoa (NYSE:AA) has opened its best in class, 3D printing metal powder  production facility. Situated at the Alcoa Technology Center, the world’s biggest light metals research center, the Company will produce proprietary titanium, nickel and aluminum powders optimized for 3D printed aerospace components

Alcoa Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Klaus Kleinfeld said: “Alcoa is forging a leadership path in additive manufacturing with a sharp focus on the critical input material.We are combining our expertise in metallurgy, manufacturing, design and product qualification to push beyond the possibilities of today’s 3D printing technologies for aerospace and other growth markets.”

Metal powders utilized for 3D printing  aerospace parts are accessible in limited quantities.Through this expansion, declared in September 2015, Alcoa will develop materials with the particular properties needed to 3D print high-performance components.

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