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Uniformity Labs launches UniFuse IN718 nickel alloy for LPBF

Delivering higher throughput, and superior, more uniform mechanical properties compared to competitors - as a study suggests

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Engineered materials company Uniformity Labs (Uniformity) has released its UniFuse IN718 Nickel Alloy, and optimized parameters for LPBF printing at 60um layer thickness.

Uniformity Labs has designed High-Performance Scanning parameters for printing its UniFuse IN718 at 60um layer thickness with lasers power at 400W. This reportedly achieved a 2.2x faster exposure time, and superior, more uniform mechanical properties compared to competitors’ lower layer thickness scan strategies targeting best-in-class mechanical properties. The company claims that this throughput improvement is typical for UniFuse IN718 builds.

Uniformity Labs launches UniFuse IN718 nickel alloy for LPBF - delivering higher throughput, and superior mechanical properties.
Turbine blades printed using UniFuse IN718.

The product release coincides with the independent, third-party material performance evaluation and validation tests for UniFuse IN718 conducted by Ajay Krishnan, research leader at EWI – Buffalo Manufacturing Works. Ajay will give a presentation titled ‘De-mystifying LPBF Throughput’ at the upcoming Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) conference on 22 March 2023. His presentation will include some of his findings from his report.

The higher tap density and optimized particle size distribution create a highly uniform, denser powder bed – yielding repeatable part builds at the highest throughput. This enables customers utilizing Uniformity powders to produce parts with improved and repeatable mechanical properties, even while printing at significantly higher build rates, utilizing thicker build layers and the more efficient use of the LPBF lasers.

“With UniFuse IN718, we deliver best-in-class mechanical properties, surface finish, printing yield, and part reliability with substantially increased throughput printing at 60um layer thickness,” said Adam Hopkins, Founder and CEO of Uniformity Labs. “This is significant for advancing  AM as a viable pillar for industrial manufacturing and shows that our technology and process deliver on the promise of no compromise additive manufacturing.”

Uniformity Labs is addressing the industry challenge of achieving serial production in AM, economically, by developing and producing its highly advanced, ultra-low porosity metal powder feedstock. Currently in production under the product brands UniFuse (for LPBF) and UniJet (for binder jetting), and with its High-Performance Scanning strategies, Uniformity Labs has dramatically improved the ability to produce high-quality parts repeatedly and at scale – allowing additive manufacturing to become an increasingly better-established serial production tool.

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