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MELD is a solid-state process, meaning the material does not reach the melting temperature during the process. It offers a wide range of capabilities, including additive manufacturing, coating applications, component repair, metal joining, and custom metal alloy and metal matrix composite billet and part fabrication.
As a solid-state process, MELD can produce high-quality materials and parts with low residual stresses and full density with significantly lower energy requirements than more conventional fusion-based processes. Because MELDing occurs in the solid state, it also produces materials that are not susceptible to porosity, hot-cracking, or other common problems that plague melt-based technologies. MELD is a single-step process that does not require time-consuming, follow-on processes such as hot isostatic pressing (HIP) or sintering to improve the quality of the deposited material.
The MELD process is capable of printing large metal parts at a scale not yet seen in the metal additive market. The key enabler of this unprecedented leap in scalability is that, unlike traditional additive processes, MELD is not restricted to small powder beds or costly vacuum systems. The MELD process is an open-atmosphere process and is not sensitive to the operating environment or material surface condition; making it an ideal candidate for real-world manufacturing.
Not only is MELD capable of making large parts, it also makes them fast. The MELD process deposits material at least 10 times faster than fusion-based metal additive processes. While other additive technologies may restrict your deposited material choices to a select few expensive proprietary alloys, MELD is not limited in the metal alloys that can be deposited. From aluminum to titanium and steel to nickel-based super alloys, MELD is proven to create high-quality material using the same machine and the same process.