Elcan Industries Inc., Tuckahoe, New York, USA, has established a new lab and particle testing laboratory. The facility features advanced lab equipment for fine particle size determination and evaluations of different products. It also includes a station for recycling Additive Manufacturing powders on Elcan’s Hi-Sifter sieving machine and a new Elbow Jet Air Classifier for sub-10 µm particle separation.
According to Elcan, the new laboratory includes a range of testing equipment that will provide the company and its customers with instant feedback on their powders. The facility will also house a Malvern Mastersizer 3000, which reportedly gives accurate Particle-Size Distribution (PSD) print outs and can immediately determine finished product particle size. Elcan also offers Air Jet Sieves and Rotaps for particle size determination and has the ability to microscopically image pictures to show individual particles.
Elcan’s Additive Manufacturing powder recycling programme is designed to guide those companies which are new to metal AM with the handling and sieving of metal powders, as well as offering assistance on a tolling basis to those not ready to invest in recycling equipment. By using its proprietary Hi-Sifter technology, Elcan Industries can help companies recycle their AM powders at the desired powder specification. The Hi-Sifter’s entire body and all product contact areas of the machine are polished stainless steel and allow for zero contamination, said to make it suitable for aerospace and biomedical applications.