Canadian company develops proprietary atomization reactor that produces more consistent, ultra-high-performance spherical metal powders

Metal powders are proving to be the fastest-growing segment within the 3D printing materials market, and sales of metal 3D printers have been skyrocketing faster than, well, a 3D printed skyrocket component, however metal powders themselves still require significant improvements before they can be adopted as a mainstream manufacturing material in high-demand industries such as aerospace, medical, auto making and more.

Hoping to become a ‘disruptive supply source for the aerospace, medical, oil and gas, automotive, and defence sectors, among other industries’, Canadian company Equispheres has developed a proprietary atomization reactor that produces more consistent, ultra-high-performance spherical metal powders, which allow for more precision and control in additive manufacturing and metal spray applications. Using this atomization technology, for which the Ottawa-based company has just filed a patent application, Equispheres plans to begin marketing its free-flowing, consistently sized, spherical metal powders for aerospace and defense applications in particular within the first quarter of 2016.Read more

Source: 3ders.org