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Goodfellow Cambridge offers new customized alloy powders

Including high-entropy alloys (HEAs), which the company can creating "using nearly any combination of elements"

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Goodfellow Cambridge, a leading supplier of specialist metals and materials, has recently announced the availability of customized alloy powders, including high-entropy alloys (HEAs). By offering these advanced materials, Goodfellow Cambridge aims to facilitate the development of more durable and lightweight products and accelerate the adoption of metal AM processes. As well as to generate £500,000 in additional sales.

High-entropy alloys are a class of advanced materials made up of five or more elements in near-equal proportions. They exhibit exceptional mechanical strength, corrosion resistance, and thermal stability. The introduction of these materials in powder form is expected to have a significant impact on industries such as aerospace, automotive, and healthcare.

Goodfellow Cambridge's new customized alloy powders include high-entropy alloys (HEAs) created "using nearly any combination of elements". “We can now create a HEA by using nearly any combination of elements, offering massive potential for advancements in manufacturing design and, interestingly, the production of 3D printed components,” said Aphrodite Tomou, Head of Technical at Goodfellow. “Thanks to our long-standing relationships with several specialist partners, we are the only UK supplier of customized alloy powders and are already working with designers and engineers to help them unlock experimental and production benefits. This is an exciting introduction.”

Goodfellow Cambridge uses patented ultrasonic technology to produce state-of-the-art alloy powders characterized by their high sphericity (≤ 0.98) and narrow particle size distribution. The company’s technical team is available to advise on the different compositions required for certain applications and, to help accelerate innovation and R&D, it can supply the powders in batches as small as 100g.

“Additive manufacturing has the potential to be a significant market for our business. This is because high-end technological systems increasingly demand lightweight and intricate components, which can be produced more efficiently and with less material waste using 3D printing. This new form of technology is already taking the weight out of parts destined for airplanes and rockets, whilst, in the medical industry, it will increasingly be used in customized implants and prosthetics,” said Aphrodite. “It is also a rapidly evolving field and there are many exciting developments on the horizon. For example, researchers are working on new materials that can be 3D printed, such as graphene, nanodiamonds, and carbon fiber composites that open up unique properties and new possibilities.”

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