Powder production and 3D printing

Additive Manufacturing

Frontrunner for new production process

Additive manufacturing is a key technology for future production processes. SMS group is a frontrunner in this development and supplies plant technology for the production of high-quality, high-purity metal powder for 3D-printing. In collaboration with Additive Industries, a Dutch specialist for 3D-printing systems, SMS group has developed a production concept to bring additive manufacturing serial production into reality.

Powder atomization

Powder atomization plant

Production of high-grade metal powder for 3D laser printing

The powder atomization plant is designed to produce metal powder of highest quality and purity:

  • Induction melting and refining of metals and alloys in crucible under vacuum to realize highest cleanliness
  • Atomizing of liquid metal by means of pure argon or nitrogen with the option of hot gas atomization
  • Exchange of crucible for different heat sizes
  • Alloying, sampling and temperature measurement under vacuum
  • Anti-satellite system for highest powder quality
  • Gas separation by treatment in cyclones and bag filters with the option of inert gas recycling
  • Integrated powder analysis and classification
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Pilot plant

Progress under real-life production conditions

SMS group built a pilot powder atomization plant on an industrial scale at its Mönchengladbach site. This pilot plant provides the advantage of gaining knowledge under real-life conditions and offering customers a solution based on reliable results.

A 3D printer (type: laser based powder bed fusion) will allow us to perfectly align powder production and printing for reproducibe, high quality and minimized costs.

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Benefits

  • Long lasting experience and numerous references in vacuum metallurgy and induction melting furnaces
  • Powder production harmonized to needs of 3D printing
  • Experience in order handling, execution and turnkey supply of plants worldwide
  • Tailor-made financing packages

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Scale4Series

Our concept for additive manufacturing serial production

To help 3D printing technology for metallic materials break into serial production, Additive Industries and SMS group have agreed to develop and jointly market a production system for additive manufacturing on an industrial scale.

In joining forces, Additive Industries and SMS group bring with them specialist expertise in both core additive manufacturing technologies: the manufacture of metal powder and 3D printing. The industrial-scale, serial production of parts of high reproducible quality by the additive manufacturing method is possible only if both crucial process stages are closely aligned. The production concept will not just encompass powder manufacturing and 3D printing but other stages, too, right up to delivery of the printed component.

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Key components

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Powder atomization plant

Production of high-grade metal powder for 3D laser printing

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MetalFAB1 by Additive Industries

Integrated metal additive manufacturing system from our partner Additive Industries

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Post processing

Heat treatment, maching and CT scanning complete our concept for series production

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Plant automation

Integration of complete process by intelligent material handling and manufacturing execution system

Your benefits

  • Reproducible, high quality for series production due to control of integrated process chain from powder production to finished product
  • Optimized process for maximum productivity and lowest total cost
  • Modular and scalable concept
  • Turnkey supply of complete additive manufacturing plant
  • One point of contact
  • Worldwide network for support

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Scale4Series
The breakthrough in additive manufacturing series production
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Powder Atomization Plant
Production of high-grade metal powder for 3D laser printing
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Contact

SMSgroup Gober, Norbert

Norbert Gober

SMS group GmbH
Vice President Research and Development
Ohlerkirchweg 66
41069 Mönchengladbach
Germany

Phone : + 49 2161 350 2301
Fax : + 49 2161 350 1667

SMSgroup Hüllen, Markus

Markus Hüllen

SMS group GmbH
Vice President 3D competence center
Ohlerkirchweg 66
41069 Mönchengladbach
Germany

Phone : + 49 2161 350 3939
Fax : + 49 2161 350 1667