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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Extrusion

ADVANTAGES

Our range of flexibility encompasses almost any size and near-net-shape in almost any metal you can imagine. One of the few suppliers worldwide able to extrude pipe with integral flanges. Efficient use of materials, close attention to quality and a flexible production program mean that we can often deliver a first class product precisely to customer specifications in as little as two weeks after receipt of order. integrated supply package, where we can procure the material, make the billet, extrude it and finish it for market.

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In the fabrication of technology metals, H.C. Starck is well ahead of the field. Our extensive and growing expertise in metal and alloy extrusion out paces the competition. Whether forming complex profiles, cross-sections or simply making tubes, H.C. Starck’s core competencies are well-known in the marketplace. Our range of flexibility encompasses almost any size and near-net-shape in almost any metal you can imagine.

Together with our many other strengths, we have garnered a special position in the manufacturing world. With piping, for example, we are one of the few suppliers worldwide able to extrude pipe with integral flanges.

Efficient use of materials, close attention to quality and a flexible production program mean that we can often deliver a first class product precisely to customer specifications in as little as two weeks after receipt of order.

Our customers derive great benefit from our integrated supply package, where we can procure the material, make the billet, extrude it and finish it for market. So whether it’s heat treatment, cleaning, straightening or simply cutting, the customer receives everything from a “single source”.

Extrusion Technology and Capabilities

H.C. Starck is unique in its ability to extrude almost any metal in any size range. From concept to production, from small 6 inch diameter to large scale 17 inch diameter billet, we provide extrusion services to deliver specified material, size and shape to your specific needs. H.C. Starck’s extensive extrusion capabilities allow us to provide extrusion services with as little as two weeks lead-time.

At H.C. Starck we utilize our 5,000 metric ton (5,500 ton) extrusion press to extrude rods, tubes and shapes from difficult to extrude materials, including:

Copper and Copper Alloys

C10100 | C15000 | C16200 | C17200 | C17500 | C18200
C63000 | C70600 | C71500 | Copper and Niobium

Stainless Steels

300 series | 400 series | 15-5 PH | 17-4 PH | Duplex

Nickel Base Alloys

C276 | 400 | 625 | 718 | 800H | 925

Titanium and Titanium Alloys

CP2 | 6AI | 4V

Refractory Metals

Molybdenum and Molybdenum Alloys
Tantalum and Tantalum Alloys
Niobium | Chrome

Aluminum Metal Matrix Composites

Composite Billets

Superconductor Materials

Clad Materials

Pipe Matrix

Pipe capability at 20 feet (6 m) minimum extruded lengths.
Please inquire for other sizes and metals.

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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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Rod / Wire / Coil

ADVANTAGES

High degree of biocompatibility

APPLICATION

Superconductivity, High Temperature Vacuum Furnace

MARKET SEGMENT

Industrial Processing, Aerospace & Defense, Electronics, Medical, Additive Manufacturing

MATERIALS

Mo, Mo EBM, TZM, Nb, Nb EBM, Grain Stabl. Nb, Ta, Ta EBM, W, WHA, NRC76, Ultra 76, Ultra 76 Plus, Ta3W, Ta10W, C-103

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NIOBIUM ROD

H.C. Starck Solutions offers NRC® niobium metal produced from electron beam melted ingots. Grain Stabilized Niobium (GSNb) is made by EB and VAR melting. Both materials are malleable, weldable, machineable and formable. GSNb is used in applications where a consistently finer grain size is required.

GSNb is a patent pending single-phase micro-alloy that has a grain size of approximately 2 ASTM numbers finer than standard commercial grade niobium.

Niobium is used in the manufacture of products for diverse applications.

  • Synthetic diamonds
  • Sputtering targets for fiber optic applications or architectural glass
  • Nickel based superalloys; and alloyed with titanium or tin
  • Superconductors
  • Nuclear reactors it has low thermal neutron cross section and superior corrosion resistance
  • High temperature vacuum furnaces, where it is an excellent getter
  • Sodium vapor lamps, where it is resistant to attack by the molten alkali

Niobium rod is worked cold from ingot to final diameter. Forging, rolling, swaging, and drawing are used singularly or in combination to reach the desired size. Proprietary techniques have been developed by H.C. Starck Solutions to overcome the metal’s extremely high-galling tendencies.

Rod is generally supplied with a forged surface above 1-3/8″ diameter, and a swaged or drawn finish in smaller diameters. Rod, preferably un-annealed, may be centerless ground to improve diameter tolerances. The minimum diameter for centerless grinding is .125″. Rod to a maximum of 1/4″ and wire may be supplied in coils or straightened and cut to length.

TANTALUM ROD,  WIRE, COIL

A favorite with chemical processing applications that require anti-corrosion characteristics is tantalum rod including the manufacturer of components for anticorrosion equipment.

Outstanding refractory, anti-corrosion and biocompatibility properties make our tantalum wire a unique material for selected applications. Customers transform our tantalum wire into leads for Ta capacitors in electronic, anti-corrosion chemical processing, biomedical devices for medical applications, and filaments for lighting applications.

H.C. Starck Solutions tantalum rod is worked cold from ingot to final diameter. Forging, rolling, swaging, and drawing are used singularly or in combination to reach the desired size.

Proprietary techniques have been developed by H.C. Starck Solutions to overcome the metal’s extremely high-galling tendencies. Special lubricants and die design, as well as suitable speeds and reductions per pass, are all a part of cold drawing tantalum.

Our tantalum rod is generally supplied with a forged surface above 1-3/8″ diameter and a swaged or drawn finish in smaller diameters. The rod, preferably unannealed, may be centerless ground to improve diameter tolerances. The minimum diameter for centerless grinding is .125″.

H.C. Starck Solutions tantalum rod is produced to a maximum of 1/4″ and wire may be supplied in coils or straightened and cut to length.

Tantalum wire with a diameter of 0.040“or below is shipped on spools.

ULTRA76 tantalum alloys offer higher corrosion resistance in most environments creating additional value through extending the products service life, reducing material thickness and improving processes throughput.

  • Higher temperatures possible, shorter cooling/heating cycle times
  • Constant surface finish (Ra<0.8 micrometers)
  • Tantalum material only from non-conflict sources – EICC certified
  • Uniform wall thickness

Dimensions

Form Thickness, Dia., Wall
inches (mm)
Width, Length
inches (mm)
Rod 0.125“ to 0.625“
(3.175 to 15.875 mm dia.)
0.625“ to 3.000“ dia.
(15.875 to 76.200 mm dia.)
coil or straight lengths

straight lengths

Wire 0.010“ to 0.125“ dia.
(0.254 to 3.175 mm dia.)
coil
Coil 0.028″ to 0.125″ dia.
(0.711 to 3.175 mm dia.)
coil

Please contact us for additional sizes and requirements.

Tantalum and Tantalum Alloy Products:

Refer to Product Data Sheets for Tantalum for sizes:

– PD-7033 NRC Ultra 76 Tantalum Alloy (Ta 2.5%W)
– PD-7035 NRC Tantalum (UNS R05200)
– PD-7036 NRC Tantalum Beam Melted Tantalum (ETA) (UNS R05200)

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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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