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Perfect powder quality is the basis for perfect AM parts; powder atomization is the basic element in the production chain, only the newest technologies and equipment are used for our powders.
Powder samples are controlled throughout the whole production chain in order to permanently ensure the highest quality standards.
Design development is done by various simulation tools for FEA/CFD calculations and for topology optimization through which new designs benefit from the fascinating possibilities of additive manufacturing.
Innovative simulation tools are in use for the preparation of new printing jobs in order to optimize the support structure and the printing process.
The printing starts as soon as the machine and the process requirements in the printing chamber are set; the timescale varies from a few hours to a few days depending on component sizes. Once the printing is completed, powder residues are removed using a vacuum-cleaner and the printed part is taken out of the machine.
The quality controls for AM components and the monitoring of the printing process are realized by the use of 3D scans, tensile specimen, density cubes and thermic cameras.
Depending on the component requirements manual finishing like polishing or automated finishing like CNC turning or milling may be applied.
After the printing job is completed, components are heat treated to achieve conformity with specified material characteristics.
Components under high-load and with strict safety criteria profit from the possibilities of Hot Isostatic Pressing that brings a significant optimization in terms of fatigue strength through the application of high pressure and high temperatures. Pankl as one of the leading supplier for AM components is equipped with an own in-house HIP-system to help decrease delivery times for critical components significantly.