Powders for 3D Printing

ADVANTAGES

APPLICATION

Biomedical Components, Propulsion, Heat Management

MARKET SEGMENT

Industrial Processing, Aerospace & Defense, Electronics, Medical

MATERIALS

Mo, W, WHA, C103, pure Ta, NRC76, Ta10W, Ta3W, TZM, MoLa, WRe

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Spray Drying

Spray Drying

Spray drying is a critical process in the generation of high-performance thermal spray powders for various end-use applications. It is key in ensuring the homogeneity and uniformity of metal powders intended for deposition onto a wide range of substrates in a semi-molten state. Each of these properties is a vital metric in the eventual functionality of deposited coatings. The performance of automotive components, heat management systems, and numerous other products can stem back to this preparatory stage of raw material processing.

H.C. Starck Solutions has succeeded in synthesizing the highest quality refractory powders from a broad range of technology metals, including molybdenum (Mo) and tungsten (W). These advanced thermal sprays serve the purpose of fixing non-uniform surfaces and protecting against the destructive effects of erosion and general wear-and-tear.

The success of H.C. Starck Solutions thermal spray powders depends on the quality of the underlying raw material, which can be compromised by spray drying. H.C. Starck Solutions spray drying capabilities support the generation of highly-engineered products with tight control of particle morphology, size distribution, and mechanical strength. The result: Thermal sprays with outstanding sphericity and flowability, ensuring even coatings of myriad substrate materials, even for contiguous layers.

Spray-Drying Services from H.C. Starck Solutions

H.C. Starck Solutions has expanded this unique capability, offering customers the benefit of their expertise in the processing of advanced thermal spray powders at the earliest stage. Numerous refractory powders can be dried with tight control of particle properties by adjusting the drying parameters and feedstock characteristics.

With almost 100 years’ experience in powder metallurgy and a worldwide network of research and development (R&D) laboratories and manufacturing facilities, H.C. Starck Solutions occupies the cutting-edge of powder processing for demanding areas of application. Combustion engine components and high-density high-power electronics are merely two examples of the various components that H.C. Starck Solutions spray-drying capabilities can optimize and revolutionize.

If you would like more information about the materials available for H.C. Starck Solutions powder spray-drying services, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team today.

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Plating

PLATING

Material processing for challenging applications often requires a novel solution. H.C. Starck Solutions highly qualified process engineers and developers have long been collaborating with customers to meet unique industry requirements with value-added resolutions. This has culminated in one of the core services on offer from H.C. Starck Solutions. Using high-purity molybdenum (Mo) as a base material, H.C. Starck Solutions routinely generates composite plates using a choice of electrodeposited metals, including:

  • Precious metals like gold (Au) and silver (Ag).
  • Transition metals like nickel (Ni), rhodium (Rh, and ruthenium (Ru).

H.C. Starck Solutions plating service exploits the exceptional thermodynamic properties of molybdenum, including its high strength and stiffness under refractory conditions. It is one of the highest performing substrate materials for plating in aerospace and defense, electronics, and industrial processing applications, benefitting from exceptional adherence with deposited metal coatings. H.C. Starck Solutions molybdenum plates can withstand extremely high temperatures without softening or expanding, enabling the functional coating to retain its desired characteristics throughout operating conditions.

The challenge of electroplating on molybdenum substrates is the material’s relatively high reactivity with other metals. This can result in the generation of undesirable oxides that inhibit adhesion between the substrate and the coating material. H.C. Starck Solutions has a wealth of experience in design and engineering with challenging refractories, including molybdenum and its alloys. These problems can subsequently be overcome with confidence, ensuring uniform functional coatings of high-performance molybdenum substrates for sectors as challenging as semiconductor and chemical processing.

If you would like any more information about H.C. Starck Solutions electroplated coatings and electroless nickel coating services, please contact a member of the team today.

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Fast Track

High Performance Metal Solutions

Fast Track Service Offering

  • Refractory metals in sheet and rod form, cut to customer requirements, at competitive pricing, excellent quality and customer service.
  • A dedicated Sales and Materials prep team for quotations and shipments.
  • Stock items and material dispatched within 3 days of order.
  • One of the largest inventories of refractory materials supported by H.C. Starck‘s global supply chain.
  • Enquiries quoted within 24 hours for stock material. Non-stock items quoted using our global supply chain.
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H.C. Starck Certifications

  • ISO 9001 and ISO 14001
  • EICC Approved Conflict-Free Materials: Tantalum and Tungsten

H.C. Starck, a global supplier of technology metals – molybdenum, tungsten, tantalum and niobium pure and alloyed materials, serves growing industries in electronics, chemicals, automotive, medical technology, aerospace, energy, and environmental technologies.

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Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing

ADVANTAGES

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.

APPLICATION

MARKET SEGMENT

MATERIALS

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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. (press release)

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.

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Discs / Squares / Cubes

ADVANTAGES

Contact material in silicon controlled rectifed diodes, transistors and thyristors.

APPLICATION

Heat Management

MARKET SEGMENT

Industrial Processing, Aerospace & Defense, Electronics

MATERIALS

Mo, Mo EBM, CuMoCu, MoCu, NiMoNi, Ta, Wcu

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Molybdenum Discs and Squares

Molybdenum discs and squares are widely used as contact materials in silicon controlled rectifier diodes, transistors and thyristors. Molybdenum has similar coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE) to silicon combined with moderate thermal conductivity, and are therefore suitable for large area power devices where considerable heat is generated.

Further applications include the use of molybdenum as heat sink bases in IC’s, LSI’s and hybrid circuits.

Applications

  • Silicon Controlled Rectifiers Diodes
  • Transistors
  • Thyristors (GTO ‘s)

 

Tungsten as Contact Material

Tungsten discs and squares are widely used as contact materials in silicon controlled rectifier diodes, transistors and thyristors. Tungsten has similar coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE) to silicon combined with moderate thermal conductivity, and
are therefore suitable for large area power devices where considerable heat is generated.

Further applications include the use of Tungsten as heat sink bases in IC’s, LSI’s and hybrid circuits.

Applications

  • Silicon Controlled Rectifiers Diodes
  • Transistors
  • Thyristors (GTO ‘s)
  • Heat Sink Bases in IC’s, LSI’s and Hybrid Circuits

Benefits

  • CTE matched to semiconductor substrate
  • Good thermal conductivity
  • High volume production
  • Proven in high value applications

Discs/Tungsten

  • Thickness: 0.1 mm – 6.0+ mm
  • Diameter: 1.0 mm – 150.0 mm*

Squares/Tungsten 

  • Thickness: 0.01 mm – 3.0+ mm
  • Width/Length: 0.50 mm – 200.0 mm*

* depending on thickness

  • Heat Sink Bases in IC’s, LSI’s and Hybrid Circuits

Benefits

  • CTE matched to semiconductor substrate
  • Good thermal conductivity
  • High volume production
  • Proven in high value applications

Discs/Molybdenum

  • Thickness: 0.1 mm – 6.0+ mm
  • Diameter: 1.0 mm – 150.0 mm*

Squares/Molybdenum

  • Thickness: 0.01 mm – 3.0+ mm
  • Width/Length: 0.50 mm – 200.0 mm*

* depending on thickness

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Shielding Parts / Radiation Shielding

ADVANTAGES

Dense refractory alloys are vital for the manufacture of radiation shielding parts in advanced medical equipment and industrial processing facilities. They serve the dual purpose of protecting patients or operating personnel alongside more sensitive components from intense electromagnetic radiation. H.C. Starck Solutions has developed a catalog of advanced shielding parts using high-density refractory metals and their alloys, including: tantalum (Ta), electron beam melted (EBM) tantalum, tungsten (W), tungsten heavy alloy (WHA), and titanium-zirconium-molybdenum (TZM).

APPLICATION

Radiation Management, Heat Management, Superconductivity

MARKET SEGMENT

Medical, Industrial Processing

MATERIALS

Ta, Ta EBM, W, WHA, Wcu, TZM

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H.C. Starck Solutions has emerged as one of the leading suppliers of advanced shielding parts for radiation and heat management, and superconductivity applications.

Shielding Parts for High-Technology Applications

The density of a material is an essential factor in its radiation absorption properties. Heavier metals like tantalum (with a density of ~16.6 g/cm3) and tungsten (~19.3g/cm3) are more effective at absorbing radiation across the full spectrum – including X-rays and infrared (IR) waves – than conventional structural materials. Yet, the inherent properties of these metals make them very difficult to fabricate into finished components with the tight tolerances required of high-technology applications.

H.C. Starck Solutions has over 20 years’ experience in the field of manufacturing intricate components using high-performance refractory metals for the medical sector. Specializing in the generation of fabricated shielding parts for medical and industrial applications, H.C. Starck Solutions offers tailored radiation management solutions comprised of some of the heaviest metals on earth. These capabilities are buoyed by expertise in the fields of CNC grinding, milling, and lathe turning for numerous refractory material types. Final quality control processes guarantee that shielding parts are delivered within tight tolerances to customer specifications, with high capability inspection equipment ensuring highly uniform topographies with approximate resolutions of 0.1 – 1 micrometer (μm).

H.C. Starck Solutions shielding parts made using tantalum, tungsten, and their alloys have already provided appreciable returns on investment (ROIs) to customers in demanding industrial processing applications, advanced medical technology sectors, and cutting-edge superconductivity markets. If you would like to learn more about H.C. Starck Solutions shielding parts, simply contact a member of the team today.

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Plated and Stamped Components

ADVANTAGES

High degree of biocompatibility

APPLICATION

Semiconductor, Chemical Processing Equipment, Heat Management

MARKET SEGMENT

Industrial Processing, Electronics, Aerospace & Defense

MATERIALS

Mo, CuMoCu, MoCu, NiMoNi

H.C. Starck Solutions electroplating capabilities add value to our thermal management components. We have one of the largest electroplating facilities specializing in ruthenium, rhodium, silver, gold, electroless and electrolytic nickel coatings. Various techniques are available, including PVD for single or double-sided coating, rack or barrel plating, enabling complete and comprehensive part size flexibility in addition to volume management capability – from a single component to multi-batch. Specialty coatings with Ni, Au, Ag, Ru, Rh, Pt are available for solder-wetting, etch-resistance, protective layers, and electrical contacts.

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Heating Elements

ADVANTAGES

Our innovative materials improve cycle-time and maintain temperature uniformity with no carbon contamination, less rejection of components, better handling and reduced production cost compared to graphite and ceramics for a wide spectrum of metal injection molding applications. Recrystallization and High-Temperature Warpage Resistance. MoLa alloys have great formability at all grade levels when compared to pure molybdenum in the same condition.

APPLICATION

Heat Management

MARKET SEGMENT

Industrial Processing

MATERIALS

Mo30W, MoCu, TZM, MoTi, MoLa, MoW, Ta, EBM Ta, Ulta76, Ultra 76 Plus, TaW, W, (W, Ni, Fe)

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Heating Elements

H.C. Starck Solutions molybdenum is a superior, pure and alloyed refractory material for heat treating medical, aerospace, defense and automotive products in high temperature furnaces that include medical devices, aircraft and aerospace components, nuclear fuel pellet production, and high pulse magnet research applications. Our innovative materials improve cycle-time and maintain temperature uniformity with no carbon contamination, less rejection of components, better handling and reduced production cost compared to graphite and ceramics for a wide spectrum of metal injection molding applications.

For higher temperature heat treating applications such as hardening or brazing, molybdenum is the preferred heating element material. For specialized heat-treating applications above 1,482 °C (2,700 °F), refractory metals such as molybdenum, tantalum or tungsten are good choices. Other processes such as low pressure vacuum carburizing use graphite or silicon carbide elements.

Almost all high-temperature vacuum furnaces are electrically heated. Resistance heating elements are constructed from refractory metals in a variety of styles. Today all high-tech metallurgy technology operates in vacuum atmosphere with high temperatures from 1,150 oC up to 2,800 oC.

Recrystallization and High-Temperature Warpage Resistance

Molybdenum-lanthana (MoLa) alloys are one type of oxide-dispersion strengthened (ODS) molybdenum containing molybdenum and a very fine array of lanthanum trioxide particles. This combination creates extraordinary characteristics of the material, which demonstrate resistance to recrystallization as well as high-temperature warpage. Molybdenum-lanthana is an ideal material for applications requiring dimensional stability and strength at temperatures above the capabilities of either pure molybdenum or molybdenum TZM alloy.

H.C. Starck Solutions manufactures MoLa alloys in three levels of doping with lanthanum trioxide: 0.3 weight %, 0.6 weight % and 1.1 weight %. The trioxide particles stabilize the grain structure of the material creating very beneficial high temperature performance. The unique H.C. Starck Solutions doping process of introducing the oxide particles to the molybdenum matrix is key to the excellent properties obtained, and differentiates H.C. Starck Solutions from other manufacturers of similar materials. In addition, the doping process maximizes the homogeneity of the lanthanum oxide dispersed in the molybdenum matrix.

Benefits of H.C. Starck Solutions MoLa Alloys

MoLa alloys have great formability at all grade levels when compared to pure molybdenum in the same condition. Pure molybdenum recrystallizes at approximately 1,200 °C and becomes very brittle with less than 1 % elongation, which makes it not formable in this condition.

MoLa alloys in plate and sheet forms perform better than pure molybdenum and TZM for high temperature applications. That is above 1,100 °C for molybdenum and above 1,500 °C for TZM. The maximum advisable temperature for MoLa is 1,900 °C, due to the release of lanthana particles from the surface at higher than 1,900 °C temperature.

The “best value” MoLa alloy is the one containing 0.6 wt % lanthana. It exhibits the best combination of properties. Low lanthana MoLa alloy is an equivalent substitute for pure Mo in the temperature range of 1,100 °C – 1,900 °C. The advantages of high lanthana MoLa, like superior creep resistance, are only realized, if the material is recrystallized prior to use at high temperatures.

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