H.C. Starck Solutions will be exhibiting in person and virtually at the upcoming PowderMet 2021 conference happening June 20-23, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Specializing in the commercialization of next-generation technologies for today’s industry challenges, our team has committed significant investment and resources into innovative additive manufacturing (AM) processes for high-technology materials. To capitalize on these breakthroughs in AM processing of complex refractory powders like molybdenum (Mo), niobium (Nb), tantalum (Ta), tungsten (W), and their alloys, we are looking forward to sharing new developments and capabilities at PowderMet.

PowderMet – Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials

PowderMet is the leading North American technical conference on powder metallurgy and particulate materials. The show is a hub for technology transfer for professionals from every part of the industry, including buyers and specifiers of metal powders, tooling and compacting presses, sintering furnaces, furnace belts, powder handling and blending equipment, quality-control and automation equipment, particle-size, and powder-characterization equipment, consulting and research services, and much, much more. PowderMet 2021 is taking place in person in Orlando as well as virtually June 20—23rd. The conference invites engineers, business and procurement managers, designers, and technicians to share their expertise on powder metallurgy and particulate materials.

Our R&D Engineer for Additive Manufacturing, Faith Oehlerking, will be giving a technical session on Monday, June 21 from 4:10-4:35PM. The panel will be titled “Process Parameter Development and Characterization for Additive Manufacturing of Molybdenum-Based Powders via Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF).” In it, she will explain how Molybdenum (Mo) and its alloys are one of the refractory material groups which are of interest for AM production because of their application in aerospace and medical industries. The present research and development work aim to develop the proper parameter sets for pure Mo and common alloys, such as Mo-Re. An experimental scheme for parameter development was developed based on a factorial design of experiment for optimizing laser power, point distance, hatch distance, and exposure time on a Renishaw AM400 LPBF machine. After determining parameters that achieve relative densities greater than 98%, chemistry testing, mechanical testing, and microstructural characterization was conducted on the specimens, from which data was extracted for further fine tuning.

Learn more about Faith’s technical session here.

On Wednesday, June 23 from 8:25-8:50am, our R&D Engineer Guido Stiebritz will also be giving a technical session. His presentation will be titled “Dose Reduction and Performance Improvement at Different CT Application by 3D Screen Printing.” In his presentation, Guido will explain how by using parts made by metal additive technologies, computed tomography (CT) scan units for medical as well as for nondestructive testing or luggage control units can be improved a lot. For example, the higher complexity in the collimators allows an improved noise reduction and results a reduction of the dose for the patient. This path forward requires high aspect ratios at very good wall quality. The examples will illustrate the advantages of the 3D screen printing technology in that area and possibilities will be reviewed how to combine with conventional manufacturing methods.

Learn more about Guido’s technical session here.

If you would like to learn more about H.C. Starck Solutions unmatched material know-how and advanced AM capabilities, join us in Orlando and visit us at Booth #708 during the conference to chat with our knowledgeable team.

Register for PowderMet 2021 here.