6K Additivea division of 6K, a leader in the production of sustainable advanced materials for additive manufacturing and free melt, the Swedish metal 3D printer manufacturer, jointly announced a strategic partnership to develop and market refractory metal powder for the Freemelt 3D printer platform. The platform enables advanced additive manufacturing applications with the Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion (E-PBF) printer.
Cutting-edge applications for hypersonics, for example, require performancerefractory metal powder such as tungsten to withstand temperature extremes, forces from speed, changes in direction and altitude dynamics. 6K Additive has the expertise and production scale to produce high-performance refractory powders and Freemelt additive manufacturing printers provide a printing platform to meet stringent customer requirements for these materials.
“Since the commercial launch of refractory metal powder, we’ve seen a ton of interest in refractories, especially tungsten. Freemelt is an organization that is proud to work with the market for the development of parameters on its platform to help customers push the capabilities of 3D printing for applications that require high performance parts and materials like tungsten.
–Frank Roberts, President of 6K Additive
Dr. Ulric Ljungblad, CEO of Freemelt, added: “The market constantly demands high performance materials from us and the partnership with 6K Additive provides us and our customers with a materials supplier that not only supplies high quality, but quickly get to market with the desired products. performance materials such as tungsten and other refractory metals. The new partnership helps us and them push the boundaries of what is possible with 3D printing.
In 2020, 6K Additive completed the construction of a state-of-the-art 45,000 square foot powder production facility in Burgettstown, PA. The facility has two UniMelt microwave plasma systems commissioned and two additional systems expected to be completed by the end of the year. The company will also begin construction to expand the powder manufacturing building to add space for six additional systems. Installation of the additional systems will begin in the first quarter of 2022.
Freemelt continues to advance the Freemelt One platform and recently announced plans for global expansion with a subsidiary in the German market and new customers such as KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and Polytechnic University of Turin in Italy. Freemelt will be exhibiting at the upcoming Formnext show in Frankfurt, Germany Hall 12.0 at booth 138. 6K Additive’s tungsten powder and Freemelt printed parts as well as a Freemelt ONE system will be exhibited during the show at the Freemelt booth.
Freemelt is a growing high-tech company whose pioneering solution is creating new conditions for the rapid growth of 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing. The company’s proprietary technology, which is already installed in large companies and universities, takes 3D printing to a new level and provides new conditions for printing products cost-effectively and with consistently high quality.
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