Xi’an Sailong Metal Materials Co., Ltd., based in Xi’an, China, reports success in the Additive Manufacturing of tantalum components using the company’s latest Selective Electron Beam Melting (SEBM) system. Sailong is said to have made both highly dense (99.08±0.04) and highly porous (porosity > 70%) products from tantalum, as well as Ti-6Al-4V and TiAl alloys.
The production of the tantalum samples was part of a recent National Key Research Project funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, titled ‘Development of Key SEBM technologies for the fabrication of custom-made tantalum implants for clinical applications.’
Sailong was established in 2013 to commercialise technologies developed by the State Key Laboratory of Porous Metal Materials. Its SEBM system, developed in-house, operates at 3 kW with a preheating temperature of up to 1350ºC.