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Velo3D qualifies OptiPowder 718 sustainable powders from Continuum Powders

The the first-ever 100% recycled metal powder option is now available in Velo3D Sapphire printers

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The OptiPowder 718 100% recycled metal powder from Continuum Powders is the first to have been qualified for use in Velo3D’s Sapphire family of printers. The partnership gives Velo3D’s customers a sustainable powder alternative that delivers the same high-quality, spherical metal powder they source today, while also contributing significantly to their decarbonization and sustainability programs.

“For customers who are sustainability-minded, or have company objectives to reduce their carbon footprint, utilizing metal powders that are sourced through carbon-neutral means can streamline their adoption of additive manufacturing technology,” stated Zach Detweiler, Velo3D vice president of technology.  “We’re pleased to offer Continuum as a powder option and have validated that OptiPowder 718 delivers the performance and quality customers require from their powder while also meeting their decarbonization and sustainability goals.”

Following a rigorous process administered by Velo3D and its contract manufacturer Knust-Godwin, Continuum Powders’ OptiPowder 718, (based on the Inconel 718 nickel superalloy) was qualified for use in Velo3D’s Sapphire family of printers. The extensive qualification confirms that the powder produced and supplied by Continuum Powders meets all material property requirements that are achieved with conventional powders in the same alloy, when using specified parameters.

Velo3D qualifies OptiPowder 718 powders from Continuum Powders as the first-ever 100% recycled metal powder for Velo3D Sapphire printers
Continuum Powders’ alloys

OptiPowder 718 and Ni 718 alloys can be found in structural parts that encounter extreme operating temperatures and corrosive environments. It has an exceptional combination of strength, hardness and corrosion resistance. The properties of OptiPowder 718 make the material attractive for aerospace applications, like turbomachinery, valves, heat exchangers, and other mission-critical parts. The material is also beneficially applied in industrial gas turbines, liquid-propelled rocket motors and combustion chambers, fuel cells such as solid oxide fuel cells and downhole/undersea tubing and tools for oil and gas.

“Velo3D’s endorsement of OptiPowder as the first sustainable metal powder for Sapphire printers highlights the significant benefits Continuum brings to the market. We didn’t just want to raise the bar, we wanted to recreate the bar from the ground up to make sustainability core to the additive manufacturing process,” stated Phil Ward, chief executive officer of Continuum Powders.  “Providing Velo3D’s customers with the first truly viable decarbonization option is a game changer for additive manufacturing – and the collaboration between Knust-Godwin, Velo3D and Continuum Powders is just the beginning.”

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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