A new white paper on metal additive manufacturing outlines nine measurable factors that directly influence printing speed, part strength, reliability, consistency and overall end part quality.
Equispheres has released the whitepaper detailing results from ongoing studies regarding the importance of feedstock powder properties in 3D printing mechanical performance and speed of production.
“The additive manufacturing industry has long understood that certain bulk characteristics of the feedstock powder such as flowability and packing density have an impact on the mechanical performance of the printed part,” said Doug Brouse, VP of strategic partnerships at Equispheres. “But what has not been clear is how much these bulk features matter, and precisely what specific powder particle properties are required to achieve them. Our powder and testing results provides much needed clarity and removes much of this mystery.”
“The properties of the individual powder particles are the key to success, and a highly controlled atomization process is mandatory to achieve the desired results”, says Dr Martin Conlon, Chief Technology Officer. “Chaotic gas atomization simply cannot deliver the quality feedstock necessary for superior print performance and speed that is being demanded by the industry.”