The BLDRmetal J-10 micro structure.
The BLDRmetal J-10 micro structure.

NanoSteel has introduced the company’s first powders designed for the binder jet 3D printing process that can be used in components for highly abrasive environments.

The new range includes BLDRmetal J-10 and BLDRmetal J-11. Industrial components made with bronze infiltrated BLDRmetal J-10 feature 2X the elongation and 3X the wear and impact resistance of an equivalently infiltrated 420 stainless steel, the company reports. NanoSteel worked with 3DX Industries, an additive manufacturing service provider, to print a security tool used by a global avionics company for removing and replacing aircraft panels. In this commercial application, the tools made with J-10 lasted 5X longer than the previous solution, significantly decreasing the risk of delays in servicing the aircraft.

‘The NanoSteel solution enabled us to create a tool that delivered the durability and reliability the customer required in a fast turnaround environment,’ said Roger Janssen, President and CEO of 3DX. The avionics service team is planning further adoption of this new technology across their global operation.

Extreme wear

BLDRmetal J-11 is designed for extreme wear low-impact applications. Components made with J-11 provide 10X the wear resistance of an equivalently infiltrated 420 stainless steel, Nanosteel claims. Both NanoSteel products feature complex metallic phases that provide wear resistance and a steel matrix that delivers ductility and toughness.

‘These first BLDRmetal powders offer compelling alternatives to existing materials for the binder jet printing process,’ claimed Harald Lemke, general manager and vice president of engineered powders at NanoSteel.

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