Additive Manufacturing AM powders of high-value materials now available at production scale

Editor: Alexander Stark

Materials such as tungsten, rhenium, tungsten/rhenium and niobium-based powders used for defense, aerospace and medical industries are sought after materials for high-temperature, high-strength applications. 6K Additive has now announced the commercial availability of refractory metal powders for additive manufacturing.

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Quadrus Corporation uses 6K for making spherical tungsten-rhenium used to produce a non-eroding throat insert for a solid rocket motor nozzle.
Quadrus Corporation uses 6K for making spherical tungsten-rhenium used to produce a non-eroding throat insert for a solid rocket motor nozzle.
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Leading defense organizations are not only looking for refractory materials like tungsten and rhenium, they are looking for it at production scale. 6K now announced that it will offer production scale volumes for many of the refractory powders like tungsten and tungsten/rhenium. The AM experts have spheroidised the full spectrum of refractory powders including tantalum, niobium and molybdenum.

In 2020 6K Additive completed the construction of a state-of-the-art, 45,000 sq/ft powder production facility in Burgettstown, USA. The facility currently has two Unimelt microwave plasma systems commissioned with two additional systems scheduled for installation in Q4 of 2021. The company will also begin construction to expand the powder manufacturing building in Q4, 2021 to add space for six additional systems. Installation of the additional systems will begin in Q1 of 2022.

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