BAUER highlights the role of argon in additive manufacturing

October 10, 2023

In a recent blog article, BAUER Compressors Inc. shed light on the significant benefits of argon in additive manufacturing and its broader applications.

The rise of additive manufacturing

The blog begins with a stark revelation: over the past 50 years, humanity has used more resources than all previous generations combined.

This consumption has brought environmental consequences, notably in waste production.

Additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing, offers a promising solution.

Unlike traditional methods that generate scrap, 3D printing could slash resource usage by up to 90% in certain applications.

Argon’s role in 3D printing and BAUER’s contribution

Argon stands out in the world of 3D printing.

This noble gas, symbolized as Ar on the periodic table, is noncombustible, denser than air, and chemically unreactive.

It has been used extensively in metal manufacturing, outside of just 3D printing.

Argon’s unique properties, such as minimizing heat and vibration transfer, make it ideal for producing metal components in manufacturing.

Furthermore, argon has diverse applications, including use in double-paned windows, diving drysuits, food and beverage preservation, medical treatments, and decorative lighting.

However, reusing argon is more environmentally friendly than shipping fresh supplies.

This is where BAUER Compressors comes into play.

Their Ar-Series is engineered for high-pressure argon compression.

Offering a range of compressor sizes, BAUER’s products suit both small and large applications.

FSJA Comment

The developments highlighted by BAUER Compressors underscore the intersection of innovative technology and environmental sustainability.

As additive manufacturing becomes more mainstream, the significance of efficient and eco-friendly components like argon grows exponentially.

BAUER’s commitment to environmentally conscious solutions, combined with their advancements in argon compression, suggests a promising trajectory for sustainable manufacturing in the years to come.

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