Refractory Metal Powder 6K Additive and Freemelt establish strategic partnership
A partnership between 6K and Freemelt is to enable new E-PBF material options for advanced customers for aerospace, hypersonic and medical applications that require high-performing material properties.
Additive manufacturing specialist 6K Additive and Freemelt announced a strategic partnership to develop and bring to market new materials for their Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion (E-PBF) printer platform that enables advanced additive manufacturing applications. Cutting edge applications for hypersonics, as an example, require performance refractory materials such as tungsten to withstand the extreme temperatures, forces due to speed, shifting directions and altitude dynamics. 6K Additive would have the production expertise and scale to produce refractory performance powders and the Freemelt additive manufacturing printers provided a printing platform to deliver on customers stringent requirements for these materials, the companies announced.
In 2020, 6K Additive completed the construction of a 45,000 sq/ft powder production facility in Burgettstown, USA. The facility has two Unimelt microwave plasma systems commissioned with two additional systems scheduled to be completed by years end. The company also plans to begin construction to expand the powder manufacturing building to add space for six additional systems. Installation of the additional systems will begin in Q1 of 2022.
Freemelt has recently announced global expansion plans with German market subsidiary and new customers such as the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and the Polytechnic University of Turin in Italy.