Arcast, Oxford, Maine, USA, has launched a new metal powder atomiser designed for use at small companies and research establishments. The VersaMelt Inert Gas Atomiser is reportedly capable of processing a number of metal alloy systems from a single atomiser platform.
The system incorporates a multi-configurable melt chamber to allow:
- Conventional melting in a ceramic induction crucible
- Rod feed induction drip melting
- Tube feed cold crucible arc/plasma melting
- Tilt-and-pour cold crucible arc/plasma melting
This is expected to enable it to accommodate a wide range of complex alloys, from tin to tungsten. Arcast stated that the atomiser is capable of producing ceramic-free titanium (or similar metal) using scrap or recycled powder as feedstock, with a nominal batch capacity of up to 3 kg (steel equivalent) per cycle and multiple cycles possible in a day.
The unit is priced for the budgets of small companies and research establishments and has reportedly been designed as a tool for organisations contemplating entering the AM market. In line with this aim, it is designed to occupy minimal space (less than 4 m x 4 m x 4 m) and to consume as little water, gas and electricity as possible.