In AM processes, the composition and quality of the raw materials are of paramount importance because of their impact on processing operations, finished products, and overall economics of processing. Raw material selection for AM is not trivial and it involves consideration of numerous variables. The complexity of the metal AM process includes non-linear non-equilibrium reactions, rapid solidification/cooling rates, and numerous metal powder characteristics such as particle size and shape, apparent density, flowability, thermal conductivity, surface impurities, porosity, etc).
MSAM is addressing multiple challenges associated with feedstock development/preparation for three classes of AM processes: laser powder-bed fusion, laser powder-fed and binder-jet AM. MSAM’s wide assortment of powder characterization devices and metal AM systems provides a unique platform to conduct R&D quickly and effectively for our high caliber industrial partners.