Complex high hardness wear parts and crack- free gradient designs now achievable through 3D printing process
Manufacturing is experiencing a digital revolution, facilitated by new additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies.
Digital manufacturing is opening new opportunities for industry to create components and supply chain processes that were previously not possible. To enable the application of these additive technologies for heavy industries such as oil & gas exploration, tooling, die making, mining, and automotive, new robust and affordable metal powders are required.
Unique Properties of NanoSteel’s Additive Manufacturing Powders
The company’s patented alloys use conventional steel alloying elements in novel ratios to create a powder platform with a broad range of properties, such as high hardness or ductility. These powders are well suited to the rapid cooling experienced in most additive manufacturing processes, facilitating the generation of unique mechanical and physical properties.
Wear Resistance of NanoSteel’s 3D Printing Powders
Wear resistance was selected as the initial focus area for NanoSteel’s additive manufacturing program given the market need for on-demand, on-site wear parts and the current challenges in 3D printing high hardness parts.
It’s difficult to additive manufacture hard materials because they tend to crack once treated with a laser. The properties of NanoSteel’s 3D printing powders allow for the avoidance of this manufacturing problem. Watch the video below to learn more about NanoSteel’s 3D printing capabilities.