Constellium, a global manufacturer of high value-added aluminium products, headquartered in Paris, France, reports that its R&D centre, C-TEC, has secured International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certifications on quality management, environmental management, and occupational health and safety for the supply of AHEADD® aluminium alloy powders for Additive Manufacturing. The powders are designed to meet specific customer needs for a range of applications within the aerospace, automotive and defence industries.
AHEADD powder alloys are said to provide advantages over aluminium-silicon alloys in AM productivity, residual stresses, and geometric control, as well as component properties including strength, ductility, thermal and electrical conductivity, surface finishing capabilities, and corrosion performance. In addition, Constellium states that these aluminium alloy powders deliver unmatched thermal stability, allowing the replacement of titanium in selected applications, to reduce weight and cost.
“This is an important milestone in our pursuit to offer superior aluminium-based solutions to the fast-maturing Additive Manufacturing industry,” stated Alireza Arbab, Head of the Additive Manufacturing team at Constellium C-TEC. “We believe that our alloys can play a significant role in bringing down printing costs, obtaining more consistent product quality, as well as enabling new applications that are not possible today.”