# 71 Additive Insight: 6K Additive President wants to make metallic AM more durable


In this episode of Additive Insight, our Executive Interview series with an interview with Frank Roberts, Group President at Additive 6K.

6K Additive has developed a unique plasma technology that can transform virtually any scrap metal into materials for additive manufacturing. Its UniMelt technology is the world’s only microwave production scale plasma system and is currently used to produce a number of materials such as titanium, Inconel and stainless steel, and more recently refractory metals.

Here Frank talks to TCT about the latest developments in tungsten, rhenium and copper, the ability to recycle and produce materials previously impossible, and to give up the belief that AM is an inherently sustainable process.

Speaking of the latest hardware developments in 6K Additive, Frank said: “One of those that has been very successful for us is tungsten, the refractory material. By working with a few key partnerships […] we focus on tungsten, tungsten rhenium type alloys, tantalum, but we really focus on spearheading and changing the way people think about materials because things they couldn’t otherwise shifting to traditional manufacturing, we are really starting to open up designs made from unique materials. “

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