Investing in the future

As Alloyed continues to extend its influence throughout industry, we have a discussion with Infrastructure Director, Gael Guetard who takes a look at the investment that is taking place, and also how this serves the core customer base for the company.

The acquisition and merger of Betatype with OxMet Technologies which led to the formation of Alloyed at the end of 2019 brought together the advanced technology brands Alloys-By-Design (ABD), Betatype, and Alloyed Digital Manufacture (ADM), providing a compelling offering for optimising advanced digital metal manufacturing applications.

Q. Hello Gael. Can you tell us how long have you been with OxMet / Alloyed, and what are the key changes that you have seen in this time?

A. I joined OxMet in May 2018. Since then, a lot has changed. From a team of just a few people in a small office, Alloyed is now a major player in the world of advanced alloys and additive manufacturing (AM). In my opinion, the most striking change has been in the diversification of our customer portfolio. In 2018, OxMet was only focused on 2 or 3 industrial sectors. Now, in 2021, as Alloyed, we cover pretty much all sectors where advanced metal components play a major role.

Q.  As Infrastructure Director, can you give some insight into the areas where Alloyed is expanding technologically, and the staffing initiatives behind this?

A. The main focus for 2021 is the expansion of our Rapid Alloy Research Centre in Oxford and our Digital Manufacturing Centre in Stone. For Oxford, we are increasing our experimental capabilities for small-scale alloy manufacturing for both bulk materials and coatings. This will allow us to accelerate our development of new materials. We are also continuing to expand our characterisation and testing suite with specialist instruments to give our engineers the ability to rapidly generate the data they need.

For Stone, the focus is to complement our existing fleet of AM machines with the tools for the post-processing of parts. This is key to delivering finished parts to our customers within short lead-times and with the high quality they expect, and includes CNC and EDM machines, surface finishing equipment, as well as an array of dimensional control tools.

Q.  What do you see as the key advantages of partnering with Alloyed?

A. If customers are looking to improve the performance of a metal component, they can go down many different paths. They can modify the alloy, adjust the heat-treatment cycle, optimise the design, or even improve the manufacturability. But it can be difficult to know which one of these paths will yield the most gains. The strength of Alloyed is the ability to cover all bases and come up with a strategy to get optimal improvements in a short amount of time.

Q.  Which companies do you think would benefit most by engaging with Alloyed?

A. Looking at the diversity of our current customer portfolio, it is pretty difficult to come up with an ideal profile. Companies come to us from all sectors and with very different needs. Far from trying to come up with an exhaustive list, I see a few profiles that might benefit greatly by working with us such as: companies experiencing a failure or limited life of a metal component; companies wanting to find the optimal compositional space to push the performance of their alloys further; companies wanting to solve issues implementing metal AM in their manufacturing process; and companies looking to re-design an existing component to take full advantage of AM.

Q.  What would you like any potential customer to know about Alloyed?A. Our capabilities — both experimental and computer-based — are constantly expanding so make sure you keep up-to-date through this newsletter. But if there is something we don’t have in-house, there is a good chance we already have a private or academic partner that can help.