Copper and its alloys offer excellent material properties in terms of electrical and thermal conductivity. Believed as one key material supporting the electrification of transportation, AM can play a significant role by enabling innovative applications.
Out of the 20 different metal AM technologies AMPOWER categorizes today, vendors of half a dozen technologies have introduced processing of copper. Suppliers of another 6 technologies invest into research to make the material available for their process.
AMPOWER conducted the technology study to assess the maturity of processing copper materials with Additive Manufacturing. The analysis includes an evaluation of the specific process chain including the digital processing, the cost and productivity, materials properties, among others.
AMPOWER started to conduct the study in the second half of 2021 and finished in 2022.