A high-performance nanopowder facility for metal 3-D printing

phys.org | 11/2/2018 | Staff
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Scientists from the Department of Industrial Technologies of the Yurga Institute of Technology of Tomsk Polytechnic University are developing an advanced high-performance facility for the production of metal powders used for 3-D printing. The TPU project has been recently supported by the Russian Science Foundation.

According to the scientists, currently, in the world, an active development of additive technology and its industrial application are constrained by a number of factors. For instance, the high cost of materials does not matter in the production of small details but when a product reaches a larger scale, a high price is an insurmountable obstacle. Only industrially developed countries now produce nanomaterials in commercial volumes.

Russia - Need - Alloy - Powders - Production

"In Russia, there is an acute need for domestic alloy powders, but there is no serial production of such materials inside the country. Enterprises are forced to purchase and use powders supplied by foreign manufacturers," notes the project leader, senior lecturer from the Department of Industrial Technologies Maksim Kuznetsov.

Annually facilities for additive production need about 20 tons of raw materials. Therefore Russian enterprises are interested in the low cost of produced powders that will enable to significantly increase the effectiveness of 3-D printing of industrial products."

Operation - Principle - Facility - TPU - Scientists

The operation principle of the facility being developed by TPU scientists is based on the study of the effect of the vortex plasma flows of heterogeneous plasma on a material and synchronized high-frequency...
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