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New Steel Powder for Structural, Wear-Resistant Components

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Höganäs AB has launched a low-alloyed construction steel powder, AM16MnCr5, for the additive manufacturing (AM) of structural and wear-resistant components in the automotive and general industries. The steel, available for use in both as printed and in stress-relieved and case-hardened conditions, demonstrates a good combination of mechanical properties and high printability, according to company officials. Produced by gas atomization, the powder reportedly features good flowability and spreadability in the printing process, and can be used in powder bed fusion printers.

“We can see a growing demand for low-alloy steels for AM applications,” says Jerome Stanley, responsible for sales of AM metal powders for Höganäs. “The AM16MnCr5 metal powder is cost-effective and easy to print, and for which we have developed mechanical data and print parameters.”

Adds, Anna Larsson, in AM metal-powder development for Höganäs: “Additional case-hardening treatment improves surface hardness and wear resistance together with fatigue performance, which makes the material particularly suitable for applications such as gears and lobes.” 


See also: Hoganas AB Customization Technologies

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