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TRUMPF to qualify Equispheres AM metal powders

By DE staff   

Additive Manufacturing Metal Fabrication

Ottawa-based material science company says its aluminum powders print three to five times faster than traditional build material.

(Photo credit: Equispheres)

TRUMPF announced it is working with Ottawa-based materials science technology company, Equispheres Inc., to qualify its aluminum AM powders on TRUMPF 3D printers. Equispheres offers three lines of AlSiMg10 powders optimized for laser powder-bed fusion manufacturing systems.

Once the qualification process is complete, TRUMPF says Equispheres will be recognized as one of its recommended powder suppliers and the materials will be supported by applications engineers at both Equispheres and TRUMPF.

“Equispheres’ powders have the potential to support faster build rates than some other aluminum feedstocks,” says Severin Luzius, Head of Application, Materials and Consulting AM at TRUMPF. “To help our 3D printing customers reduce part costs and make the move into mass production, we are developing optimized processing parameters for Equispheres’ high-quality metal powders.”

According to Equispheres, third-party testing has demonstrated that its high-performance aluminum powders can print three to five times faster than traditional powders and achieve part cost reductions of 50%. In addition to TRUMPE, the company says it is working with companies in the automotive, aerospace and defense sectors to qualify its materials for industrial applications.



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