Bodycote offers industrial accredited heat treatment and thermal processing in Sint-Niklaas (Belgium), such as hot isostatic pressing (HIP): a form of heat treatment where high pressure is used to improve metal properties. This pressure is exerted by an inert gas, usually argon. During a period of increased temperature and pressure, plastic deformation, creep and diffusion occur. Critical castings are hot isostatic pressed to eliminate internal microporosity, improving mechanical properties and removing defects. Hot isostatic pressing also allows the bonding or plating of two or more materials in solid or powder form, while hot isostatic pressing plays an important role in powder metallurgy and 3D printing. As the world leader in specialised thermal processes, Bodycote offers a wide range of services in the field of hot isostatic pressing.