MTI was the first to create C-103 powder for use in powder-bed laser AM equipment and is now testing the refined spheridized version.
MTI was the first to create C-103 powder for use in powder-bed laser AM equipment and is now testing the refined spheridized version.

Metal Technology (MTI) says that it has successfully spheridized a sample batch of its C-103 niobium-based alloy powder intended for additive manufacturing (AM).

The 10% hafnium and 1% titanium alloy is widely used in space applications due to its improved formability, cost, weight, and reliability.

MTI was the first to create C-103 powder for use in powder-bed laser AM equipment and is now testing the refined spheridized version.

‘We loaded a small batch of powder that has gone through spheridization into our direct metal printing equipment and ran two sample burns,’ said Jason Stitzel, director of engineering for MTI. ‘Initial results are very promising.  Powder flow is much better than unprocessed powder and layering is much smoother.’ This testing helps MTI advance further down the path to developing complex components for space applications  for companies such as Aerojet Rocketdyne,  Boeing, , Lockheed Martin,  NASA and SpaceX.

This story is reprinted from material from MTI, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.