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6K Launches First AM Powders From Sustainable Sources

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

6K, a North Andover, MA-based developer of microwave plasma technology for producing additive manufacturing (AM) materials, has launched AM powders derived from sustainable sources. Reportedly the first-ever such powder, company officials say its process converts

machined millings, turnings and other recycled feedstock sources into premium AM-ready metal powder. The company will showcase metal alloy and ceramic powders and parts at FormNext in Frankfurt November 19 – 22, Stand E22 in Hall 12.

“If the AM industry is to succeed in expanding to a far greater number of parts and market applications, powder production technology has to advance to provide a far stronger business case,” says Aaron Bent, CEO at 6K. “Part of enabling that expansion will come from a lower total cost structure and higher performance powders, both of which are possible with our process. However, we need to go beyond that, to powders and business models that consider the full production cycle cost of building AM parts.

“Our ability to reclaim materials and process almost any type of metal, alloy, or ceramic feedstock into premium powders, puts a powerful tool into the hands of the AM designer,” continues Dr. Bent. “Now, any alloy that is machined has the potential to become powder. Furthermore, we can create new AM powders previously not possible: powders engineered from non-eutectic alloys such as high-entropy alloys, or designer aluminum alloys capable of printing in powder bed fusion systems.”


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