Nano Steel has introduced its first powder design for a binder jet three-dimensional (3D) printing process something which will showcase the company’s initial commercial application additive manufacturing.
The BLDRmetal J-10 and BLDRmetal J-11 powders will enable 3D printing of components for industries that work in highly abrasive environments and can benefit from additive manufacturing’s ability to eliminate tooling, create advanced geometries, and build custom parts on demand.
Industrial components made using the J-10 metal powder feature twice the elongation and three times the wear and impact resistance of an equivalently infiltrated 420 stainless steel.
Nanosteel worked with 3DX Industries an additive manufacturing service provider developed the capability to print a security tool, which is being used by a global avionics company to remove and replace aircraft panels. The tools made with J-10 lasted five times longer than the previous solution, significantly decreasing the risk of delays in servicing the aircraft.
The BLDRmetal product line of binder jet powders also includes the J-11 powder, which is designed for extreme-wear low-impact applications. Components made from J-11 provide ten times the wear resistance of an equivalently infiltrated 420 stainless steel.
Nanosteel products have great performance given the combination of complex metallic phases that provide wear resistance and a steel matrix that delivers ductility and toughness.
According to the 3DX President and CEO, Roger Janssen, the solution from Nanosteel enabled his company create a tool that delivered durability and reliability to customers in a fast turnaround environment.
The binder jet process is well suited for cost effectively producing industrial metal parts due to the faster building speed.
These are the first in the company’s portfolio of BLDRmetal powders for hard-metal applications, which will include new products for each of the current metal 3D-printing processes. BLDRmetal J-10 and BLDRmetal J-11 are intended for several industries, including the oil and gas, tool and die, and energy industries for applications such as drilling and pump components, moulds and dies.