Staying strong under pressure.

Hattori Hanzo, the legendary sword maker from Tarantino’s Kill Bill, would have appreciated the technology from Quintus Technologies. When finally accepting to make the ultimate Katana sword for Uma Thurman’s character, he needed a whole month to complete it. We think that’s too long, and we have an idea how to shorten the process – while ensuring perfect metal casting quality.

The basic method has been the same for hundreds of years. Heating and cooling iron and then using methods to remove porosities or microcavities to create a solid structure that can withstand even the most hardened melon in Fruit Ninja.

While such imperfections don’t matter much in the daily use of, say, a door handle, even a minor flaw in the metal structure of an airplane engine could have catastrophic consequences.  
The solution
Hot Isostatic Pressing, or HIP, is a method to heat up metal under pressure and then use heat treatment to harden it. The downside is that the process consists of several steps and consumes a lot of energy. Swedish company Quintus Technologies has invented a one of a kind furnace that can carry out both processes in a single run, also keeping scrap loss and casting defects to a minimum.

We're not sure why you would be dancing in a canola field, but maybe it's the new hip?

Using HIP to make a new hip.
Let’s say you need a hip exchange. You would probably expect the parts to be of the highest quality, never needing replacement. Using a Quintus furnace, the chamber is heated under extreme pressure (up to 30,000 psi). That's 1,000 times more than a car tire! All this to reduce any porosities or micro cavities.

The next step is to heat up the part again and then rapidly evacuate the hot gasses by using a patented funnel system to cool down the chamber. We now have a perfect hip replacement that is solid down to the molecule level.

About Quintus Technologies:
Headquartered in Västerås, Sweden, and represented in 35 countries worldwide, the company is the world leader in high pressure technology and has delivered more than 1,800 systems to customers across the globe within industries such as aerospace, automotive, energy, and medical implants.

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