Equispheres Inc, based in Ontario, Canada, has announced the successful commissioning of the company’s flagship proprietary atomisation reactor to produce metal powders for Additive Manufacturing and metal spray applications. The company will begin marketing spherical metal powders specifically engineered for aerospace and defence applications in early 2016. Additionally, Equispheres has announced that it has filed a patent application pertaining to its proprietary atomisation technology.
Equispheres states that its patent-pending atomisation technology consistently produces free-flowing, uniform, monograin, agglomerate-free spherical metal powders, which bring superior control and performance efficiencies not currently available. The company’s metal powders have a narrow particle size distribution, excellent sphericity and flowability, and consistent microstructure as produced without sieving or classification. The powders are designed to significantly improve the quality of end use products.
“Today marks a major milestone for Equispheres and our shareholders. With the successful commissioning of our first commercial atomisation reactor, we have demonstrated our technology can successfully produce metal powders with superior performance characteristics compared to powders currently available in the marketplace,” stated Equispheres’ President and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Nicholds.
The planned commissioning phase is expected to be completed in approximately 90 days. Equispheres intends to be producing metal powders in commercial quantities by the end of the first quarter 2016.
“Once the commissioning of the reactor is finalised, we will scale-up production capacity and convey materials to our aerospace industry partners for further testing and validation. Equispheres’ metal powders enable us to better support the manufacturing needs of aerospace and other industries,” added Nicholds.