Powder producer Equispheres has awarded two new contracts to 3D printing companies to help speed up its lab expansion project.

The company says that it has selected a 3D printer, with a 1000W laser to research processes and techniques for faster-printed part production, from German metal processing company Aconity3D. It has also acquired powder flow specialist Granutools’ GranuCharge system, which measures the electrostatic charge created within flowing powder.

With the 30 million project Equispheres hopes to increase powder production and develop new powders for additive manufacturing (AM).

‘Normally the GranuCharge system is used to conduct basic research at academic institutions,’ said Evan Butler-Jones, director of applications engineering at Equispheres. ‘However, we use the tool as part of our QA process. Quality parts require quality powder and that requires precise instrumentation and measurement systems.

‘The Aconity3D printer was chosen because of its increased precision, high configurability, and powerful 1000W laser,’ he added. ‘This printer enables us to conduct high-speed production parameter optimization research and testing.’

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