Equispheres releases a new line of atomized aluminum alloy powders for metal additive manufacturing applications

Equispheres unique aluminum alloy powder particles magnified to 200μm

Materials producer Equispheres has launched a new line of high-performance powders to help industries achieve optimal results for specialty metal additive manufacturing applications.

The three new powders are variations on the original high-performance aluminum alloy that have each been engineered to offer enhanced features for either increased print precision, enhanced printed part strength, or faster print speed and volume.

Equispheres’ unique proprietary atomization process is carefully controlled and can be managed with precision,” says Dr. Conlon, CTO at Equispheres. “Powder features such as PSD (particle size distribution), morphology, and chemistry can be optimized to achieve specific behaviour in the laser melting process and to meet defined application requirements.”

In addition to the original atomized AlSi10Mg powder Equispheres produces, the new metal powder products include:

  • Equispheres Performance – powder designed to provide enhanced printed part strength and performance across a wide range of applications and that achieves a 20-30% increase in the a-basis design allowable over traditional powders.
  • Equispheres Precision – powder designed to support applications where fine features and precision (as related to CAD design) are of paramount importance. This powder has proven to provide a 50 % improvement in dimensional accuracy.
  • Equispheres Production – powder designed to reduce the cost per part manufactured, with features designed to facilitate the rapid production of items without compromising mechanical performance. The company is working on parameter sets to increase production speeds by 3 to 4 times.

As part of the powder delivery package, Equispheres now provides ‘bundled’ application engineering services to assist customers in achieving optimal results with the powder specific to their application requirements.

The unique nature of the Equispheres powder requires the use of special printer parameters to achieve the best outcomes,” states Evan Butler-Jones, Director of Applications Engineering.  “Our research team has been working with our industrial partners in automotive and aerospace to arrive at the optimal methods for the application of our powder. For new customers that knowledge on how to best use the powder is just as important as having the powder itself, which is why we now offer engineering service to facilitate the implementation of the powder into production.

Equispheres continues to optimize their aluminum alloy powders and plans to announce an additional line of products, specifically for sintering and use in binder jet printers, in Q1 of 2021.Remember, you can post free of charge job opportunities in the AM Industry on 3D ADEPT Media or look for a job via our job board. Make sure to follow us on our social networks and subscribe to our weekly newsletter : FacebookTwitterLinkedIn & Instagram ! If you want to be featured in the next issue of our digital magazine or if you hear a story that needs to be heard, make sure to send it to contact@3dadept.com