Metal Powders for AM

Our full powders portfolio was carefully developed and tested to seamlessly fit into the entire GE Additive ecosystem. Combined with our proven parameters, our powders competitively provide performance, quality and safety when used in our metal additive machines. Click on each powder to find out more. 

Powder selection

Selecting powder is a key piece
of establishing a business case. Powder can be a significant driver of final part costs. Not all powders are created equal. Even if they meet the same chemical and particle size distributions, they may not act the same in the machine. For example: 

  • Powder morphology is an important factor. It can drive flowability, spreadability, and packing characteristics within a machine.
  • Powders can drive surface roughness characteristics of final parts.
  • Powders with high amounts of existing porosity within individual powder particles can make their way into final parts, which is undesirable for material performance.

AP&C powders are produced in such a way to maximize performance, minimize the impact of the above and drive optimal performance in machines.

EHS CONSIDERATIONS

Metallic powders also have health and safety considerations. Some powders will be more reactive than others. This factor will drive both your transportation and facilities considerations. AP&C performs tests on several key characteristics that are necessary to understand for you to make the best decisions for safety.

Powder Reuse white paper

The white paper Effective Powder Reuse Strategies from GE Additive explores the choice of powder-reuse strategies for additive – which will drive cost, ease of implementation and quality – and provides insights on the basics and factors affecting a successful powder-reuse study. 

Some powders will have better characteristics for continued reuse. Our experienced team can provide guidance on powder selection as well as consultation on powder reuse strategies. Ready to learn more about powder reuse?

Metal Powder pouring
materials myth-conceptions

There are many misconceptions about additive manufacturing materials. Our series of video shorts addresses and debunks some of the common myths and misunderstandings around materials and processes used in metal AM.

Learn more and watch the videos

TITANIUM POWDERS

Ideal for a wide range of high-performance applications in aerospace, automotive and biomedical. Titanium is well-known for being light alloys characterized by excellent mechanical properties and corrosion resistance combined with low specific weight and biocompatibility.

Ti-6Al-2Sn-4Zr-2Mo

Ti-5Al-5V-5Mo-3Cr

Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb

rematitan® CL (material data to come)

NICKEL-BASED ALLOY POWDERS

Ideal alloys for high-stress, high-temperature aerospace, industrial manufacturing and oil & gas environments. Nickel chromium superalloys like Nickel 718 and Nickel 625 produce strong, corrosion-resistant metal parts with excellent tensile, fatigue and creep.

ALUMINUM ALLOY POWDERS

Ideal for applications requiring good mechanical properties and low weight, often in aerospace and automotive industries. They possess high strength-to-weight ratios and demonstrate good resistance to metal fatigue and corrosion.

STEEL ALLOY POWDERS

Ideal for spare parts, gears and tooling inserts across all industries. 

COLBALT-CHROMIUM POWDERS

Ideal for a wide range of applications in aerospace and medical, as well as dental restorations. Cobalt chrome’s material characteristics make it a good choice for parts that often benefit from hot isostatic pressing (HIP), which combines high temperatures and pressures to induce a complex diffusion process that strengthens grain structures, producing fully dense metal parts.

remanium® star CL - Dental certified (material data to come)

Are you ready to see how quality powders
lead to better products?

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Tomas Kellner
19 September 2019