Aluminum alloy F357 powder will be produced at the company’s facility in Saint-Eustache, Canada.
Aluminum alloy F357 powder will be produced at the company’s facility in Saint-Eustache, Canada.

AP&C, a GE Additive company has announced that it will begin production of aluminum alloy F357 powder in Q1 2019 with customer deliveries expected from April 2019.

Aluminum alloy F357 powder will be produced using AP&C’s advanced plasma atomization (APA) process at its facility in Saint-Eustache, Canada. The plant offers a full production capacity of 1,000 tons. 

According to the company, aluminum alloy F357 powder has the same quality signature as the company’s titanium powders – good processability, high flowability, high packing, low porosity and high purity – which are suitable for additive manufacturing (AM).

‘It’s great to add aluminum F357 to our portfolio.’ said Alain Dupont, President & CEO AP&C. ‘Our customers have been asking us to provide aluminum solutions to address the challenges they currently experience. We are confident we’ve developed a solution that solves these challenges. The modular cell-based structure of our new plant in Saint-Eustache allows us to respond quickly to the additive industry’s demands as it rapidly evolves.’

Aluminum F357 alloy is suitable for applications aerospace and automotive sectors. It is said to have good weldability with high strength and toughness offering a good corrosion resistance and heat conductivity.

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