As part of an overall growth effort focusing on the basic additive manufacturing solutions that drive Industry 4.0, Botlikh Radio Plant, OOO is developing a system for plasma-spraying powdered metals. This project is focused on developing versatile production equipment that would make it possible to spray any available metals fed in the form of wire, and, if necessary, to precondition and wiredraw special alloys to be used in the spraying process.
The tests carried out on a prototype plasma spraying unit have shown good results, including a sphericity of at least 90 %, which is one of the most important performance metrics for modern 3D printers, as well as a good particle size distribution at the output end of the spraying process, yielding 30 % or more of material fit for use in modern 3D printers.
Particle shape: as close to spherical as possible
Particle sizes: 4 μm through 150 μm
Good powder homogeneity in terms of chemical composition and particle size distribution
Good flowability (essential for a number of 3D printer manufacturers)
Good as-poured density
Nickel alloys designed for use at high temperatures and in harsh environments
High-purity titanium alloys
High-purity cobalt alloys designed for use in medical implants
Corrosion-resistant alloys designed for general-purpose applications
Medical implants and dentures
Oil and gas industry
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