Goodfellow Cambridge has introduced customized alloy powders, targeting over £500,000 in additional sales and catering to customers in additive manufacturing, structural jet engines, hydrogen storage, and medical implants.
The new powders allow for greater alloy composition, particle size, and flexibility in batch quantity, while also featuring High-Entropy Alloys (HEA) with properties critical for future material innovations.
“We can now create a HEA by using nearly any combination of elements, offering massive potential for advancements in manufacturing design and, interestingly, the production of 3D-printed components,” said Aphrodite Tomou, head of technical at Goodfellow Cambridge.
“Additive manufacturing has the potential to be a significant market for our business. This is because high-end technological systems increasingly demand lightweight and intricate components, which can be produced more efficiently and with less material waste using 3D printing.
“This new form of technology is already taking the weight out of parts destined for airplanes and rockets, whilst, in the medical industry, it will increasingly be used in customized implants and prosthetics.”
Small Batches Available
HEAs offer excellent strength, hardness, corrosion, fatigue, fracture, and irradiation resistance, as well as good thermal stability, ductility, and magnetic properties. Goodfellow’s patented ultrasonic technology allows the creation of HEAs with nearly any combination of elements, unlocking massive potential for manufacturing design and 3D-printed components. The company can supply these powders in small batches (as little as 100g) to accelerate innovation and R&D activity.
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