Metal 3D printing 3D Lab partners with Multistation to expand Atomizer technology in France
3D Lab, renowned for its innovative ATO atomizers, has recently joined forces with Multistation in France. These atomizers, used to produce highly spherical metallic powders, are lauded for their stability and repeatability.
The ATO atomizers designed by 3D Lab employ an innovative method to generate highly spherical metallic powders. Originally crafted for academic institutions, research departments, and service bureaus, the technology is now gaining traction among industrial users due to its dependable and repeatable outcomes.
The ATO technology takes advantage of ultrasonic vibrations to fragment molten metal into tiny droplets, which rapidly solidify under an inert gas protective atmosphere, turning into metal powder. The ultrasonic frequency applied influences the size of the resultant metal powder, where higher frequencies yield smaller particles, while lower frequencies generate larger particles. The system is capable of processing various types of input materials such as wire, rods, pellets, granulates, and scraps.
Multistation will be the official distributor of the ATO Lab Plus and ATO Noble machines in France. A key benefit of the ATO machines is their compact size which facilitates integration within a laboratory environment, the ability to efficiently manufacture even small-scale batches, and all at an accessible price point.
With over 60 machines already sold globally for both academic and industrial purposes, 3D Lab has established a significant presence in the market. Some notable users include Technion, University of Brno, University of Maribor, ETH, CEA, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, among others. Multistation is set to further expand this user base by distributing 3D Lab's machines throughout France.