Advanced Manufacturing Centre’s new milestone

By Gareth Dennison | 18/01/2018

Advanced Manufacturing Centre’s new milestone
Lauren Brentnall, from AMRC Castings, inspects the pump housing piece

EXPERTS at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre unveiled the largest ceramic shell titanium casting ever created from a single pour in Europe.

The casting is a milestone test piece and will become a showcase for development of the AMRC’s casting facility, which became operational earlier this year.

The piece — poured from a 680kg melt — is an industrial pump housing used in the chemical and petrochemical sectors.

AMRC Castings general manager Richard Cook said: “This test piece is a significant step forward for us and the UK as a whole.

“This achievement sends a clear signal that the country is open for business for large-scale titanium casting.

“Global capacity for titanium castings, particularly of this size, is scarce.

“Indeed it has actually decreased in recent years, despite growing demand.

“There is a clear need for this kind of capability and our research and development will underpin the ability for the UK to remain competitive in a global market.”

AMRC Castings is now aiming for a pour of more than 1,000kg.

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