- This agreement provides 3D Systems’ customers access to high-quality metal powder for use with its DMP metal 3D printers.
Using their innovative UniMelt microwave plasma process, 6K Additive, a division of 6K, a leader in the sustainable production of engineered materials for additive manufacturing and lithium-ion batteries, can produce refractory metal powders.
DMP Metal 3D Printers
Direct Metal Printing (DMP) allows you to create stronger parts that are lighter, more durable, and perform better than other methods.
“3D Systems has a proven, high-quality solution with their line of DMP printers. This agreement provides their customers with a high-quality material that will meet the demanding requirements for tungsten powder where high temperature and high strength properties are needed in applications such as medical, defence, hypersonic and other rocket parts.”– Frank Roberts, President, 6K Additive
Last year, 6K Additive announced the ability to produce a full range of refractory materials that were previously unavailable in production due to the difficulty of processing these materials into powder due to their high melting temperatures. The uniqueness and control of 6K’s UniMelt® microwave plasma process, combined with the company’s deep knowledge and expertise, enables the company to manufacture production scale volumes for many refractory powders such as tungsten and other refractory materials such as rhenium, tantalum, niobium, and molybdenum.
6K Additive is the world’s first producer of AM powder derived from sustainable sources, and it offers a comprehensive range of premium powders such as nickel, titanium, copper, stainless steel, aluminium alloys, and refractory metals such as tungsten and rhenium.
The UniMelt proprietary system is the world’s only microwave production-scale plasma system, featuring a highly uniform and precise plasma zone with zero contamination and high throughput production capabilities. UniMelt produces powders that are truly spherical, free of porosity, and have better flowability than other processes.
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