H.C. Starck Solutions Engineering Competition

Submit a Keychain Idea for a Chance to Win a 3D Printed Version of it by H.C. Starck Solutions!

  • Submit an Aerospace or Medical themed 3D metal keychain idea of your own design
  • Design should be submitted as a 3D Model part file (.prt, .setp, .x_t, .sldprt or .sat)
  • Max Dimensions: 25x25x50mm
  • Include a short description of your design and what inspired you to design it (up to 500 words)
  • Winner will be picked based on functionality, creativity/innovativeness, and adherence to theme
  • The prize will be the printed metal keychain of your idea plus a $30 Amazon gift card
  • Top 5 designs (of each theme) will be featured on our website and social media pages
  • 1 winner of each theme (2 winners total) will be chosen
  • You can submit multiple designs
  • Deadline to submit is September 7, 2020



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C-103 Nb Alloy: Properties & Applications

C-103 Nb alloy is a complex refractory metal alloy consisting of niobium (Nb) with additions of 10wt% Hf (hafnium) and 1wt% Ti (titanium). Used almost since the beginning of the space age, C103 is a proven, well understood material offering exceptional mechanical strength and stability across the huge temperature ranges encountered in space (from cryogenic to high temperatures where the metal becomes red hot).

H.C. Starck Solutions is renowned for producing first-in-class engineered materials for some of the most demanding industries and markets. Our success is built on ample expertise and a thorough understanding of how ceramic and metallic materials perform under given conditions, enabling us to offer exceptional quality, highly reliable products.

C-103 Nb alloys are among the leading refractory metals used in propulsion and space exploration technologies. In this article, we will outline the properties and applications of C-103 in greater depth.

What is C-103 Nb Alloy?

C-103 Nb is an alloy comprised of carefully controlled amounts of niobium, hafnium, titanium, and additional alloying elements. Using a precise and complicated manufacturing process, we produce C-103 Nb alloys with extremely consistent microstructure resulting in exceptionally well controlled material properties.

We work closely with customers to supply a variety of C103 products including bars, rods, sheet, plate, ingot, slabs, powders, and custom fabricated parts.

C-103 Nb Alloy Properties: Fabricability, Stress Resistance & High-Strength

The primary advantage of C-103 Nb alloy is its exceptional high-temperature strength (for a relatively lightweight material) which it can maintain up to temperatures as high as 1482°C! This level of stability also extends into negative temperatures; in addition, C-103 also displays a low susceptibility to high-frequency vibrations at temperatures below -150°C. C-103 can also be made into such a variety of shapes and configurations due to its relatively high formability. In addition, it can be welded via TIG (tungsten inert gas) processes without significant loss of ductility or machinability. We target the alloy to meet or exceed ASTM/AMS specifications but are open to certain levels of customization when applications require it.

Applications for C-103 Nb Alloys

The unique properties of C-103 Nb alloys make them ideal for challenging aerospace applications. C-103 is able to withstand the conditions of jet engines and orbital rocket chambers or nozzles, for instance. Designers have also leveraged C-103 Nb alloys for jet engine afterburner liners, relying on the combination of formability and performance to meet the strictest application requirements.

If you are looking for a precision metallic alloy for aerospace or satellite applications and are considering C-103 Nb, simply contact a member of the H.C. Starck Solutions design team today with any questions.

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H.C. Starck Solutions Exhibits at Additive Manufacturing (ASME) Virtual Conference

H.C. Starck Solutions is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Additive Manufacturing (ASME) Virtual Conference August 11-12, 2020! The AM Industry Summit, powered by ASME, brings together more than 4,000 leading additive manufacturing and 3D printing professionals working in aerospace & defense and medical device manufacturing. The event will focus on their shared challenges and unique opportunities in additive manufacturing. Learn about the latest trends in materials, processes, equipment, regulatory issues, quality, repeatability, and more.

Additive Manufacturing with H.C. Starck Solutions

H.C. Starck Solutions has 100 years of experience in refractory metals with competency in 3D printing technologies and we provide cutting edge knowledge in the quickly evolving field of additive manufacturing (AM). The refractory metals of tungsten, tantalum, molybdenum and niobium offer unique challenges for AM. Because of their high melting temperatures, high thermal conductivities and ductile-to-brittle transition temperatures, not every additive manufacturing technique is suitable. The AM technique must be carefully matched with the material and the application. H.C. Starck Solutions offers the experience and knowledge to help make the correct match.

Our Market Director for Additive Manufacturing & Powders, Mike Stawovy, PhD will also be hosting a 45-minute Lunch & Learn Session on August 11, from 12:45pm-1:30pm EDT. Tune in to this session to learn more about Optimizing Refractory Metals for Additive Manufacturing. Or, contact us if you have any questions.

Our booth will be available for visitors on August 11 and 12 from 8am-6:30pm EDT.

Register here: https://l.feathr.co/AMIndustry/Sponsor/HC-Starck-Solutions

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Mechanical Engineer

Position Summary

We are currently sourcing candidates for a Mechanical Engineer in our Newton, MA facility. This position is key in driving manufacturing process improvements with the goal of optimizing safety, quality and efficiency.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • Team with maintenance department to address problems and identify opportunities for process improvement.
  • Troubleshoot problems with existing production equipment on the factory floor implementing designs
  • Engineer, design, install and commission new production equipment and train operators.
  • Evaluate technical input from direct observations on the factory floor and interfacing with manufacturing personnel and multi-disciplinary engineering groups in order to problem solve complex machinery operational issues.
  • Interpret, prioritize and complete diverse engineering activities in order to obtain optimal machinery designs and performance considering plant operability, safety, quality and cost.
  • Evaluate select suppliers for cost effective sources of materials and subcontracting services.
  • Assign and supervise consulting contractors as required for project completion.

Required Experience & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or equivalent
  • 3-5 years of experience in a similar or related metals manufacturing, task driven environment.
  • Knowledge of process controls (HMI screens, operator interface) to optimize manufacturing equipment efficiencies.
  • Skilled in preparing cost estimates, schedules, and technical reports.
  • Ability to complete project assignments on time, within budget, and in compliance with all applicable codes and safety requirements.
  • Lean Manufacturing experience preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, and Power Point required.
  • Familiarity with using AutoCAD.

To Apply for this Position

H.C. Starck offers a highly competitive compensation along with excellent benefits, including Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k) with company match. Please email your resume to kristen.gasser@hcstarcksolutions.com and yarilis.santiago@hcstarcksolutions.com

H.C. Starck Solutions is an Equal Opportunity Employer supporting diversity in all our business practices.

Download the full job specification here


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Electrical Engineer

Position Summary

We are currently sourcing candidates for an Electrical Engineer in our Newton, MA facility. The Electrical Engineer is responsible for designing, developing and supervising all aspects of the electrical control systems, equipment and machinery. This position is a shared resource between Maintenance and Engineering.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • Develop front end engineering procedures which includes design requirements, scope of work, technology selection, equipment specifications, flow sheets, and layouts.
  • Capital project support which includes the planning, development and successful execution of the project.
  • Procures materials and services for projects in a timely manner to ensure projects meets budget and timelines.
  • Maintain quality control and safe work practices while maintaining compliance within the project scope, schedule and budget.
  • Works closely with maintenance department to resolve equipment issues.
  • Capital project support which can include the planning, development and execution.

Required Experience & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering
  • 3-5 years’ experience with project management in an industrial manufacturing environment
  • Proficiency in AutoCad LT and experience with SCADA/HMI and LC/DCS to include A-B RS view, automation direct, siemens
  • SAP

To Apply for this Position

H.C. Starck offers a highly competitive compensation along with excellent benefits, including Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k) with company match. Please email your resume to kristen.gasser@hcstarcksolutions.com and yarilis.santiago@hcstarcksolutions.com

H.C. Starck Solutions is an Equal Opportunity Employer supporting diversity in all our business practices.

Download the full job specification here

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Decades of Material Expertise in Metals for Medical Devices

Decades of Material Expertise in Metals for Medical Devices

H.C. Starck Solutions is currently halfway through the centennial celebration of our company history. Although 2020 has proven to be an enormous challenge for individual businesses and entire industries across the globe, we think it is important – now more than ever – to reflect on the successes we have experienced over the years. Throughout the last century, H.C. Starck has pioneered innovation through material expertise in some of the most critical markets worldwide, including medical device manufacturing.

Through concerted research and development (R&D) we have successfully leveraged a range of refractory metals and precision alloys in medical imaging systems and cancer therapeutics. H.C. Starck Solutions is now one of the go-to suppliers of high-performance materials for cutting edge medical devices.

A Brief History of our Medical Device Expertise

Healthcare and wellbeing are big businesses worldwide, with the medical device industry representing a megalithic portion of the global economy. Estimates place the value of the medical device sector in the region of $430 billion – although this is subdivided into a range of different systems from diagnostic imaging devices to wound care and management. At H.C. Starck Solutions, we have contributed primarily to medical imaging and cancer therapy.

Components for Cancer Therapy

High dose radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, remains one of the main modes of treatment for cancer. External beam radiotherapy delivers targeted dosages of ionizing radiation to cancerous tissues with the aim of killing cancer cells and shrinking tumors. These large form medical devices require high-performance materials to focus radiation beams onto specific sites and to shield peripheral components from stray radiation. At H.C. Starck Solutions, we routinely provide high-density tungsten alloys for radiation shielding and have historically worked closely with system manufacturers to supply multi-leaf collimators, source collimators, and linear accelerator shielding devices.

Materials for Medical Imaging

We have likewise employed tungsten in medical imaging applications that employ ionizing radiation, such as X-ray imaging. Tungsten alloys have proven essential for generating X-rays in medical imaging, from computed tomography (CT scanning) to dental X-rays. H.C. Starck Solutions has developed manufacturing technologies to supply tungsten anode targets that support these very imaging methods.

We have also developed unique tungsten-rhenium powders that can be used in conjunction with high-performance CT medical devices to improve image quality while reducing the radiation dose to the patient. Our rotating anodes, bearings, cathode arms, and shafts based on molybdenum have also elevated the performance of CT scanners by enabling higher powers and faster cycle times between scans. H.C. Starck Solutions anti-scatter grids based on molybdenum and tungsten are also widely used in CT applications due to their high density and elastic moduli. This significantly reduces noise and while improving image resolution of CT-based medical devices. Our recent successes in this area include the unique development of 2D ASG assemblies via additive manufacturing.

Lastly, H.C. Starck Solutions’ materials are increasingly integrated into high-technology medical devices like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems. We are currently working on the next generation of superconducting metals to greatly enhance the performance of MRI medical devices, building on our experience with niobium and tantalum-based rods, sheets, and wires.

Check back on our 100 Years of Refractory Metals Expertise page to learn more about our centennial celebration, or if you have any questions about using H.C. Starck materials in medical device manufacturing, simply contact us today.

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