3D metal printing uses fine metal powders to produce highly complex metal components. The powder’s purities and how well it is ground result in different quality of 3D printed metal objects.
NanoSteel Company Inc., a corporation based in Province, Rhode Island, has announced this week the company’s newly engineered powders designed for additive manufacturing. By leveraging its uniform metal matrix microstructures in the laser-sintering process, the company was able to build a crack-free, fully dense bulk sample.
Over its twelve-year history, NanoSteel has created progressive generations of iron-based alloys from surface coatings to foils to powder metals and sheet steel. NanoSteel’s breakthrough overcomes one of the major hurdles to achieving a high-hardness metallic partthrough additive manufacturing – the tendency to develop cracks during part builds. These cracks are the result of stresses developed during part build, given the typically limited ductility of these materials. Read the full article.