Sandvik Osprey Ltd, a leading producer of gas atomised metal powders for advanced applications in net-shape manufacturing, has announced that it has formed a relationship with Desktop Metal to be a preferred supplier of a range of its alloy powders for its recently-released 3D printing systems, the DM Studio™ and DM Production™ systems.
Fine, gas atomised powders are ideally suited to Desktop Metal’s technology, which delivers a highly-loaded powder/binder mixture to the print head to achieve high density parts with low sintering shrinkage. Sandvik Osprey stated that its unrivalled experience and excellence in manufacturing diverse, fine powder products for the Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) and Additive Manufacturing (AM) markets makes it an ideal partner to deliver the mass customisation, quality and reliability in powder products that the 3D printing community is seeking.
Sandvik Osprey today has a production capacity of over 4.5 million kg (10 million lbs.) and a product database exceeding 3000 alloys. Atomising expertise and metallurgical know-how are combined to provide the free-flowing metal powders that are needed for AM and MIM applications. The company offers a comprehensive range of products from stainless steels to nickel base super alloys, cobalt alloys, tool steels, low alloy steels, copper and aluminium alloys and is able also to customise materials according to customer preferences.
Powders are clean and spherical, leading to uniform flow and high packing density which is important for consistent parts build. The fine and controlled size distribution enables rapid sintering to high density resulting in excellent mechanical properties and good surface finish.
“We are excited to be working with Desktop Metal and its world-class team of experts,” stated Richard J. Park, Managing Director of Sandvik Osprey. “We look forward to supporting the growth in demand for consumers of the new Desktop Metal technology who we expect to come from all major industrial sectors. Our strength in materials science and atomising technology is a perfect complement to Desktop Metal’s strengths in machine design and process knowledge.”
Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal, stated, “With the launch of both our DM Studio and Production Systems, it’s critical our engineering customers have access to high-performance metal alloys for both prototyping and the mass production of metal parts. By partnering with world-class producers like Sandvik Osprey, we are able to broaden our catalogue of materials to include the widest array of alloys, including advanced stainless steels, special alloys, titanium and other high-performance materials.”
It was stated that customers who buy Desktop Metal’s consumables bearing the Sandvik and Osprey® logos are guaranteed to benefit from high levels of quality and consistency that set Sandvik’s Osprey products apart as the productivity partner of choice.