Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, has been discovered as a real “game changer” because it opens completely new possibilities for many industries. The innovative technology leads to entirely new ways of manufacturing custom-made components and highly complex elements that have been unthinkable to produce with conventional technologies before.
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H.C. Starck Solutions offers 3D printing technology metals and their alloys as well as services to support its customers to fully benefit from the unique advantages of Additive Manufacturing.
Our powders are engineered for the whole range of additive manufacturing processes, including:
- Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
- Laser Beam Melting (EBM)
- Laser Metal Deposition (LMD)
- Electron Beam Melting (EBM)
- Direct Metal Deposition (DED)
- Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)
- Rapid Prototyping (RP)
- Rapid Manufacturing (RM)
- 3D Printing (3DP)
Spherical Refractory Metal Powders Optimized for Additive Manufacturing
Based on 100 years’ experience in manufacturing and development of refractory metals, H.C. Starck Solutions has developed spheroidized refractory metal powders with tailored chemistry and particle size distribution, perfectly suited for additive manufacturing technology. The company‘s core competencies – molybdenum and tungsten in pure and alloyed powder forms, will take advantage of this innovative process.
3D Printing Produces Finished Parts
In addition, H.C. Starck Solutions develops innovative finished products using technology metals – molybdenum, tantalum, niobium, and tungsten, and produced via additive manufacturing processes. H.C. Starck is developing new materials, processes and products using additive manufacturing tools. In 2014, H.C. Starck Solutions entered an agreement with Rapid Prototype and Manufacturing (rp+m) to develop new materials, processes and products using additive manufacturing tools.
For example, by using additive manufacturing, a single-piece molybdenum or tungsten component for medical imaging equipment can be produced more efficiently and to the most exacting specifications. Also, additive manufacturing provides the capability to rapidly develop prototype products that extend to production levels.
With additive manufacturing, a product can be designed and a sample created in a fraction of the time compared to traditional manufacturing. A single-piece component made from molybdenum or tungsten can be produced without the previously required manufacturing steps. Production processes such as the pressing and sintering of powder, rolling, machining and assembly of components are eliminated, making it easier and faster to seamlessly deliver products to customers using additive manufacturing technology.
3D printed components can be made as a single, three-dimensional piece from a 3D model. For example by selectively depositing a liquid bonding agent to join the powder, one or more metal parts can be printed at once from various materials. Thus, H.C. Starck Solutions product portfolio can be expanded to include 3D lead-free products for collimators and anti-scatter grids for CT scanners, SPECT and gamma cameras.