New Spee3d Machine Part of EWI’s New Cold Spray Center of Excellence

March 31, 2022


EWI has established a center of excellence at its Buffalo, NY, facility (Buffalo Machine Works) to unlock the potential of cold spray—a solid-state, supersonic particle-deposition process--and mature it into a more reliable, repeatable and more-cost-effective capability, according to EWI officials. Recently delivered to outfit the new center: a WarpSpee3d cold spray unit from Spee3d.

The goal of EWI’s cold spray initiative: advance the knowledge and capability within the field to facilitate and accelerate the successful application of cold spray technology across manufacturing industries. 

Cold spray represents one of the fastest metal additive manufacturing production techniques available, providing a method for applying unique coatings and making repairs with similar or dissimilar metals. It eliminates heat affected zones and can be used on heat-sensitive materials, and reportedly is an environmentally friendly process, particularly when compared to electroplating. 

“By leveraging EWI’s engineering expertise, cutting-edge resources and technologies, as well as our partner network,” offer EWI officials, “the cold spray center will serve as an unbiased hub of innovation that is unmatched in the commercial world, driving and supporting adoption of this promising technology.”

Along with cold spray technology from Spee3d, the center will incorporate systems from VRC Metal Systems and Centerline SST.

 

See also: SPEE3D

Technologies: Directed-Energy Systems

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