Morf3D, a solution integrator leader in additive manufacturing for aerospace innovation, and 6K Additive, a division of 6K, the leader in the production of sustainable advanced materials for additive manufacturing and energy storage, are collaborating to qualify metal powders for additive manufacturing.
6K Additive’s metal powders will be approved for use by Morf3D’s aerospace and defence application customers as a result of this collaboration. Morf3D will manage the printing, characterization, post-processing, and data generation frameworks throughout the qualification process in order to qualify 6K Additive’s sustainably produced powders.
“By working with Morf3D, we’re able to leverage their deep industry experience and application expertise to help guide the qualification process. This is a conduit to acceptance by a demanding customer base in space, aviation, defense industries, and more. We want our powders to be part of manufacturing solutions for the most intense applications in additive manufacturing and partnering with Morf3D provides us with another channel to these important customers.”– Frank Roberts, President of 6K Additive
Qualifying Metal Powders for Additive Manufacturing
Morf3D, based in El Segundo, California, will use domestic, sustainably sourced 6K Additive powders to respond quickly to customer needs once qualification is complete. Morf3D’s customer requirements include the sustainable sourcing of powders as well as their high quality. To produce its highly spherical powders, 6K’s UniMelt technology upcycles used and end-of-life powders, scrap material, and test parts into feedstock. Morf3D can reduce costs and waste while gaining access to high-quality metal powders for additive manufacturing through this mutually beneficial circular economy.
“6K Additive’s innovative business model helps us leverage our low-value waste streams into high-value credits against virgin powder sales. By using 6K Additive powders, we are able to source materials like high-temperature refractories at production scale, with the added benefit of using a US based supplier.”– Dr. Behrang Poorganji, vice president of material technology at Morf3D
In Burgettstown, PA, 6K Additive operates a cutting-edge 45,000-square-foot powder production facility equipped with up to ten fully operational UniMelt microwave plasma systems. 6K Additive currently produces commercially available powders such as Ti6Al4V (Grade 5 and Grade 23), SS316L, and nickel superalloys Ni718 and Ni625, in addition to the announced refractory materials.
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