VDM Metals GmbH, headquartered in Werdohl, Germany, is a global supplier of metals offering a range of metal powders for Additive Manufacturing. Its product portfolio includes cobalt-chrome alloys, corrosion resistant alloys, superalloys and special stainless steels, as well as manufacturing custom alloys developed in collaboration with its customers.
VDM installed its metal powder manufacturing plant at its Unna, Germany, facility in 2017, following the construction of a new hall specifically for powder production. Earlier this year it announced a further investment of several million euros in its powder production plant, among other areas.
The company uses a vacuum inert gas atomisation (VIGA) process to manufacture its range of metal powder products. The standardised production method allows VDM Metals to offer a wide variety of particle sizes and particle size distributions particularly suited to metal Additive Manufacturing systems.
VDM Metals produces powders from proven alloys and also optimises conventional materials for the powder production process. The high-purity metal powder is produced by means of vacuum induction melting followed by inert gas atomisation, with the individual steps precisely coordinated to ensure the composition and purity of the powder.