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New AP&C Metal AM Powder Atomization Plant Is Progressing on Plan

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Arcam AB, the Sweden based, GE-owned manufacturer of EBM metal 3D printers, is continuing to expand its powder atomization capabilities with a new plant in Canada. The new facility by its metal AM powder manufacturing subsidiary AP&C, based in Montreal, is progressing as planned.

With its new state of the art plant, AP&C the global leader in spherical Ti powder will be the first dedicated AM material manufacturer to have multiple production sites. The new production facility is a significant commitment to the business and growth strategies for the future.

The need for high end titanium powder is driven by the fast growth and adoption of Additive Manufacturing. Arcam is determined to serve the industry through cost efficient solutions thus converting traditional manufacturing into Additive Manufacturing. A requisite is to offer highest quality powder for production at competitive cost and sufficient volumes”, says Magnus René, CEO of Arcam, and continues: “Recently AP&C received an order for 30 tons of powder for MIM applications, confirming the fast growing need for high quality titanium powder”.

AP&C’s Advanced Plasma Atomization produces premium quality spherical powders of reactive and high melting point materials such as titanium, nickel, zirconium, molybdenum, niobium, tantalum, tungsten and their alloys. The APA process offers the highest purity possible with the highly spherical particles and minimal satellites content. APA powder thus exhibits exceptional flowability and packing properties. APA™ powders are well renowned and extensively used in additive manufacturing (AM), metal injection molding (MIM), hot and cold isostatic pressing (HIP & CIP) and thermal and cold spray coatings.

The APA process can produce powders of particle size distribution (PSD) ranging from 0 to 250 µm. AP&C offers many PSD that meet the most stringent requirements for many commercial applications. The typical PSD available are 0-25 µm, 0-45 µm, 10-45 µm, 15-45 µm, 25-45 µm, 45-106 µm, 45-150 µm, 0-250 µm and 45-250 µm. Tailored particle size distributions are also available on request. Specification datasheets can be found in the product section.

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