Additive Manufacturing: H.C. Starck’s Broad Portfolio of Products and Services

Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, has been discovered as a real “game changer” because it opens completely new possibilities for many industries. The innovative technology leads to entirely new ways of manufacturing custom-made components and highly complex elements that have been unthinkable to produce with conventional technologies before. H.C. Starck offers a broad portfolio of 3D printing products and services to support its customers in fully benefiting of the unique advantages of AM.

High-Quality Gas Atomized AMPERPRINT® Metal Powders

H.C. Starck has designed its high-quality AMPERPRINT® metal powders for the specific requirements of 3D printing. To optimize customer results, H.C. Starck’s AMPERPRINT® nickel, cobalt and iron based powders are fully dense, have an excellent flowability, a spherical shape and are perfectly reproducible. H.C. Starck’s core competency is to produce tailored-high quality materials in flexibly scalable quantities, from lab to large scale production. H.C. Starck’s gas atomized metal powders are designed to meet the most stringent requirements of various industries, such as aerospace, medical or dental. All AMPERPRINT® metal powders are engineered for the whole range of additive manufacturing processes, including:

  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
  • Selective Laser Melting (SLM)
  • Electron Beam Melting (EBM)
  • Direct Metal Deposition (DED)
  • Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)
  • Laser Metal Deposition (LMD)
  • Rapid Prototyping (RP)
  • Rapid Manufacturing (RM)
  • 3D Printing (3DP)

Spherical Refractory Metal Powders Optimized for Additive Manufacturing

Using state-of-the-art processing capabilities, H.C. Starck now also offers spheroidized refractory metal powders with tailored chemistry and particle size distribution. The company‘s core competencies – molybdenum, tantalum, niobium, and tungsten in pure and alloyed powder forms, will take advantage of this innovative process. (press release)
Spherical Powder Additive Manufacturing

Molybdenum and tungsten spherical powders optimized for additive manufacturing are engineered for enhanced processability and product performance when utilized with popular additive manufacturing techniques such as binder jet, directed energy deposition and powder bed fusion. The inherent spherical shape of H.C. Starck‘s powders results in improved flowability and high apparent density, while meeting the stringent purity level demanded by customer and application requirements.

Technologically advanced applications in industries like medical and industrial imaging, nuclear and thermo-nuclear energy, and various aerospace related components will benefit from the new molybdenum and tungsten spherical powders.

3D Printing Produces Finished Parts

In addition, H.C. Starck develops innovative finished products using technology metals - molybdenum, tantalum, niobium, and tungsten, and produced via additive manufacturing processes. In 2014, H.C. Starck entered an agreement with Rapid Prototype and Manufacturing (rp+m) to develop new materials, processes and products using additive manufacturing tools. (press release)
3d Collimator Additive Manufacturing

For example, by using additive manufacturing, a single-piece molybdenum or tungsten component for medical imaging equipment can be produced more efficiently and to the most exacting specifications. Also, additive manufacturing provides the capability to rapidly develop prototype products that extend to production levels.

With additive manufacturing, a product can be designed and a sample created in a fraction of the time compared to traditional manufacturing. A single-piece component made from molybdenum or tungsten can be produced without the previously required manufacturing steps. Production processes such as the pressing and sintering of powder, rolling, machining and assembly of components are eliminated, making it easier and faster to seamlessly deliver products to customers using additive manufacturing technology.

3D printed components can be made as a single, three-dimensional piece from a 3D model. For example by selectively depositing a liquid bonding agent to join the powder, one or more metal parts can be printed at once from various materials. Thus, H.C. Starck’s product portfolio can be expanded to include 3D lead-free products for collimators and anti-scatter grids for CT scanners, SPECT and gamma cameras.

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  • H.C. Starck Metal Powders – Innovative Materials for Additive Manufacturing
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