Case study: Metal Powder Atomisation Efficiency and Impacts on Additive Manufacturing

Wednesday 14th September 2022

Theatre :  Technology, Innovation and R&D 

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Powder atomisation is a cost-effective processing method that has the ability to produce complex shapes which are impractical, or even impossible, for conventional processes whilst minimising machining by producing parts at, or close to, final dimensions and minimising scrap loses.

This presentation will outline the performance improvements developed by the Innovate UK The Sustainable Innovation Fund: SBRI phase 2 DANDY 2 (Development of Atomiser Nozzle Design to increase Yield) 2 Project, led by Liberty Powder Metals (LPM) and supported by the Materials Processing Institute and Capital Refractories, which aimed to increase the yield of the target size fraction for additive manufacture from 40% to 50-60%.

The skills and technologies applied throughout the project will be outlined and the next steps that LPMs and Capital Refractories will implement to further increase their yield and reduce their environmental impacts.

Session take away:

  • Benefits of powder metallurgy and additive manufacturing.
  • Application of a wide range of monitoring, measuring, and characterisation techniques to support robust project delivery.
  • How to make efficient use of funding through effective collaboration
Chris Smith, Principal Researcher at Materials Processing InstituteChris Smith Principal Researcher
Materials Processing Institute

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