NanoAL, LLC, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, recently won a Gold Edison Award for 3-D Printing Enhancements for its proprietary Addalloy® Aluminum Powders. NanoAL is a subsidiary of Braidy Industries and serves as its research and development division, developing new aluminium alloys; the Addalloy family of high-strength aluminium alloy powders is specifically designed and developed for metal Additive Manufacturing.
The Edison Awards have been recognising and honouring the best in innovation and innovators worldwide since 1987. Addalloy Aluminum Powder was chosen as the 2020 Gold Award winner by an international panel of over 3,000 leading business executives.
“This award confirms the industry-wide need for NanoAL’s customer-centric approach when designing alloys for Additive Manufacturing. We fully utilise the process advantages of Additive Manufacturing without forgetting that customers need solutions that are cost-effective and easy to implement,” stated Dr Nhon Vo, NanoAL CEO.
The composition of alloys within the Addalloy family takes advantage of the atomisation and Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) processes to create advanced microstructures with non-traditional strengthening mechanisms said to greatly enhance the performance of metal AM components.
Because Addalloy alloys, unlike some other next-generation aluminium powders on the market, are designed without expensive rare earth elements or complicated powder blends, they are reported to be both cost-effective and easy to use.
NanoAL is currently in the process of commercialising the Addalloy family of alloys. The current product line includes Addalloy 5T for structural components, Addalloy 7S for ultra-strong lightweighting applications, and Addalloy HX for thermal management.
Frank Bonafilia, Executive Director of the Edison Awards, commented on the Gold Award, “After a thorough review, the Edison Awards Judges recognise NanoAL Addalloy Powder as a game-changing innovation standing out among the best new products and services launched in their category.”