Constellium, headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and Morf3D, Inc, a subsidiary of Nikon located in El Segundo, California, have partnered to expand the use of Constellium’s Aheadd® CP1 metal powder. The move, said to be in response to market demand for large-format Additive Manufacturing, will see the companies qualify Aheadd CP1 for use in SLM®500 AM machines from Nikon SLM Solutions.
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The specific variant of Aheadd CP1 aluminium powder is focused on higher production throughput. ”Thanks to Morf3D and other customers using powerful platforms, we have now proven that the excellent processability of Aheadd CP1 powder enables to develop more optimised particle size distribution for customers who wish to lower the powder cost and increase the printing productivity for their specific applications,” stated Dr Alireza Arbab, Head of Constellium Additive Manufacturing.
Dr Behrang Poorganji, CTO of Morf3D, added, “Our partnership with Constellium holds immense importance in advancing the development and qualification of advanced aluminium alloy for Additive Manufacturing, now particularly in the context of the SLM 500 platform. Together, we are pioneering the development and qualification of CP1 aluminium alloy to unlock new potential for lightweight, high-performance components such as heat exchangers produced by AM innovations.”
“The utilisation of CP1 aluminium alloy on the SLM 500 platform and future larger-size platforms promises to revolutionise our industry by offering enhanced design flexibility and material properties, ultimately pushing the boundaries of what’s achievable in Additive Manufacturing using aluminium alloys,” Dr Poorganji concluded.