Trumpf, Ditzingen, Germany, is working with Equispheres, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to qualify its aluminium Additive Manufacturing powders on Trumpf AM machines. Equispheres offers three lines of AlSiMg10 powders for Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) manufacturing systems. Trumpf has reported positive initial results using Equispheres powders and expects to complete the qualification process early next year.
“TRUMPF’s engineering team is working to determine the optimum parameters for faster production of aluminium parts with Equispheres’ powders,” stated Thomas Bloor, Head of Global Business Development, Equispheres. “This will allow customers to reduce production costs for 3D printed parts and opens the door for more broad adoption of additive production in global manufacturing.”
Once the qualification process is complete for Equispheres powders, the company will be named as one of Trump’s recommended powder suppliers and the materials will be supported by applications engineers at both Equispheres and Trumpf.
“Equispheres’ powders have the potential to support faster build rates than some other aluminium feedstocks,” Severin Luzius, Head of Application, Materials and Consulting AM at TRUMPF. “To help our 3D printing customers reduce part costs and make the move into mass production, we are developing optimised processing parameters for Equispheres’ high-quality metal powders.”
Bloor added, “This will be a significant step forward for our material. For part manufacturers to receive the maximum benefit from our superior feedstock, processing parameters must be adjusted. Trumpf’s qualification work will give users of Trumpf equipment a productivity and cost advantage when using Equispheres aluminium powders.”