FAQ

General 

What is NanoSteel's technology?

NanoSteel designs new steels using conventional steel alloying elements in novel combinations that result in outstanding performance. By changing the ratios of the constituents that make up the steel, like chromium or manganese, the properties of the steel can be improved. Our designs are patented and proprietary.

 

What is NanoSteel's product line?

NanoSteel has developed a portfolio of new steels from automotive sheet to powders for additive manufacturing. Each alloy is designed to be manufactured with standard production equipment and deliver targeted performance properties depending on the application requirements. 

 

How is NanoSteel technology different from other steels?

Our materials are nanostructured, containing grain and matrix sizes smaller than 100 nanometers (10⁻⁹m), up to 3 orders of magnitude less than conventional steels. These nanostructures produce unique mechanical and physical properties which are the basis for the steel’s exceptional performance. 

 

Are there any nano-particles?

No. There are no nano-particles in anything that NanoSteel designs. Rather, the chemistry of the steels is altered to produce 'nanostructures' which means that the basic crystal structure of the steel forms on a smaller scale. Our steels are made from conventional raw materials, like steel scrap, and are cast in standard facilities. 

 

Where is NanoSteel's production plant?

NanoSteel's primary business is steel alloy design and we partner with leading manufacturers for production.  For some applications, we license our technology such as our relationship with Lincoln Electric in metallic coatings. In other applications we use contract manufacturers to supply our customers.  

 

How do I buy NanoSteel products?

Call us at +1 401 270 3549 or email us. We will connect you to the right person- whether it is buying directly from us or one of our partners. 

 

Sheet Steel

What is NanoSteel's primary application for sheet steel?

NanoSteel's largest market is automotive sheet steel for vehicle lightweighting. Our sheet steels are designed to be both stronger and more formable than existing advanced high strength steels allowing cars to be lighter and more fuel efficient without sacrificing safety or ride quality.

 

How much weight can NanoSteel take out of vehicle structures?

NanoSteel has demonstrated the ability to reduce vehicle structural weight by 30% (100 kg or 220 lb) through a simulation study conducted by EDAG, Inc., a globally recognized independent engineering firm.

 

Are there other applications besides lightweighting? 

Lightweighting is the core use for NanoSteel's advanced high strength steels. While automotive is the largest potential user for these materials, there are lightweighting requirements in many other industries, such as agricultural or construction equipment and commercial trucks. 

 

Additive Manufacturing

Why use additive manufacturing instead of conventional manufacturing?

Additive manufacturing provides different benefits to industrial producers than conventional manufacturing including:

  • Customization – small size runs become economical through the elimination of tooling
  • Reduction in inventory – making parts on demand when they are needed
  • Advanced geometries  - new shapes are possible without additional processes or costs
  • On-site manufacturing – reduces lead times and logistical costs

 

What benefit does NanoSteel powder have in additive manufacturing over other materials?

Our patented alloys form a powder portfolio with a broad range of properties, such as high hardness or ductility. These powders are well suited for 3D printing as our alloys can be tuned to the respective cooling rates of standard metal additive manufacturing processes to generate superior properties not otherwise found in 3D-printable metals  

What are the most important applications for NanoSteel's additive manufacturing powders?

Currently, we are focused on applications that can benefit from the high wear resistance of our binder jet and laser powder bed fusion powders. These include components such as stators and impellers, and tools & die applications such as injection molding.  In the future we will be developing additional  materials with different attributes for new markets and applications that take advantage of NanoSteel’s proprietary technology.