Equispheres says that in recent tests, its spherical metal powders allowed for a 50% increase in production speeds and a 20-30% increase in a-basis mechanical performance, a design allowance specification regulated in aerospace applications.

‘The unique properties of our powder, including the high sphericity, narrow particle size distribution and low surface area result in significantly increased packing density,’ said Equispheres’ CTO, Dr Martin Conlon. ‘This allows an increase of powder layer thickness by a factor of 2 which significantly increases build speed. Most importantly, this boost to build speed does not come with a mechanical performance penalty.’

The results were from the first phase of powder testing by a facility specializing in the certification of materials for aerospace, space and defense applications.  

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