Uniformity Labs & Tekna Producing Superior Titanium Powder for 3D Printing – 3DPrint.com

Engineered supplies producer Uniformity Labs, which develops high-density steel powder feedstocks for superior manufacturing purposes, has signed an settlement with Canadian superior supplies supplier Tekna (OSE: TEKNA). As a part of this settlement, the corporate will provide Uniformity with Ti64 5/25 and Ti64 45/105, permitting it to supply superior titanium powders for laser powder mattress fusion (LPBF) expertise. This is not going to solely assist enhance Tekna’s effectivity and output capability, but additionally pave the best way for Uniformity to supply its prospects extra sustainable, greater high quality steel 3D printed elements.

“We’re excited to collaborate with Tekna for the availability of highest high quality titanium powders for LPBF. This settlement opens a essential North American materials useful resource for us,” Adam Hopkins, the Founder and CEO of Uniformity Labs, said in a press launch. “The complementary nature of our companies produces an financial profit for our prospects who acquire by means of greater printer throughput and repeatability, and a provide chain safety profit from using supplies produced totally in North America.”

A 3D printed roll cage made with Uniformity Labs powder. Picture courtesy of Uniformity Labs.

Final winter, Uniformity Labs raised over $38 million in a Collection B fundraiser, and the startup used these funds to proceed work on its breakthrough steel 3D printing powders and patented expertise, which it says can ship sooner printing of repeatable elements at greater density. Uniformity Labs says its dependable, high-quality supplies assist to enhance throughput and effectivity, and cut back residual stress in elements printed with LPBF expertise, and ship totally dense elements with much less sintering shrink in binder jetting. The startup already has one companion in titanium manufacturing, so signing this settlement with Tekna will additional enhance its titanium powder capabilities.

Talking of Tekna, the corporate affords a novel, IP-protected plasma expertise, which permits it to supply high-purity, spherical steel powders for purposes, together with 3D printing, within the automotive, aerospace, and medical industries, in addition to nanomaterials for batteries and electronics. Its powder atomization expertise makes use of hydro-energy, and recycles all course of gasses in closed loops for greener manufacturing. With these complementary supplies applied sciences, Uniformity Labs’ industrial prospects ought to be capable of get pleasure from extra sustainable, high-quality 3D printed half manufacturing.

Ti64 titanium alloy spherical powder. Picture courtesy of Tekna.

“We’re extraordinarily proud that Uniformity Labs has chosen us to produce titanium powders. It is a testomony to Tekna’s provide reliability and reaffirms that our product high quality matches with a variety of business necessities,” mentioned Luc Dionne, the CEO of Tekna.

In the beginning of the pandemic, in keeping with “Additive Manufacturing with Steel Powders 2020” by SmarTech Evaluation, steel AM was at a “essential junction” in the midst of the availability chain disruption. In earlier years, the market was having some ups and downs, however with all the availability points ensuing from COVID-19 wreaking havoc all over the world, the “worth proposition of additive manufacturing” was rapidly proved “in a really possible way.” However can this be maintained?

“For a lot of steel AM stakeholders, the problem at hand is critical, which means that these subsequent a number of quarters and years could be the distinction between life and loss of life for the crowded steel additive market,” the report states.

If it’s actually a matter of life and loss of life for a lot of to remain afloat within the steel AM market, then well-established firms partnering collectively, like Tekna and Uniformity Labs are doing, is of significant significance. This collaboration will enable Tekna, in keeping with the press launch, to “optimize using its manufacturing yield” of titanium, which can then be processed by Uniformity Labs with the intention to produce superior powder for LPBF 3D printing. So each ought to profit from this new provide settlement.

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