Central regions | Technology & innovation

Moscow company revamps production of metal powders for 3D printing

26 Nov '20
A resident of the Technopolis Moscow SEZ, Additive Engineering, has launched a new service - laboratory production of small-volume metal powders for 3D printing, said Gennady Degtev, General Director of the Technopolis Moscow SEZ.
For companies engaged in 3D metal printing, in the capital's special economic zone, it became possible to obtain laboratory samples of metal powder. To this end, the SEZ resident launched new equipment - a laboratory atomizer, which, unlike industrial devices, processes small metal workpieces and allows additive manufacturing to save up to 70% of raw materials during research and implementation work. The equipment installed in the SEZ, rare for this industry, strengthens the position of the capital's special economic zone not only in the field of innovations, but also in the field of resource-saving technologies, said Gennady Degtev.
The production of metal powder is based on ultrasonic atomization, which allows the production of powders with any particle size.
The installed atomizer can produce up to 0.3 liters of powder per hour, it is a compact system where atomization takes place. A metal rod with a diameter of up to 10 mm or a wire with a diameter of up to 2 mm can be used as a raw material - it is such a small volume of raw materials that saves resources. This kind of equipment and such a service are absolutely unique. Usually, atomizers are huge machines, where it is required to load more than ten kilograms of feedstock for processing at one time, said General Director of Additive Engineering Ashkhen Hovsepyan.
Additive Engineering Company , which opened production at the site in Pechatniki at the beginning of this year, in August 2020 received the status of a resident of the Technopolis Moscow special economic zone. Until 2029, the company's total investment in the development of the production of 3D products will be about 100 million rubles. In the next 10 years, the company plans to occupy almost 5% of the Russian market for additive technologies.
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