Building upon our core knowledge of advanced materials, we have developed excellent capabilities in Additive Manufacturing (AM) using both ceramics and precious group metals.

Ceramic AM

examples of ceramic beads

We have invested heavily in cutting-edge technology to deliver tailored ceramic products with flexible geometries and feature sizes down to just 400 µm. This process is fully scalable, offering a cost effective solution for producing small complex ceramics on a large scale. Our state-of-the-art analytic laboratory ensures exceptional precision and quality throughout.

Cutting edge technology:

  • Materials can be screened quickly for printability.
  • Prototypes can be easily developed and refined.
  • Products are characterized to suit their end use.

Customised Geometries:

  • Complex shapes with feature sizes down to 400 µm.
  • Customised approach to benefit specific applications, such as increasing surface area or reducing pressure drop in fluid systems.

Material Flexibility:

  • Ability to trial and print using a variety of different materials, developing new recipes with very small quantities of ceramics depending upon the application.
Metal AM

additive layer machine

As a world leading fabricator of Platinum Group Metals (PGM) and their alloys, we are applying our expertise to speciality powders for use in aerospace applications, such as combustion chamber parts for control thrusters of satellites and deep space probes. Precious metals are advantageous in these harsh environments, with excellent corrosion resistance and exceptional strength at extremely high temperatures.

Additive Manufacturing of speciality metal powders is a cost effective method of making complex shapes and iterative designs with reduced lead times. This is of increasing interest in the aerospace industry; the next generation of thrusters are expected to be made by AM of PGM powders, providing longer lifetimes, reduced intrinsic metal content and greater freedom of design.

Outstanding capabilities in precious metal powders

We have the capability to manufacture exceptional quality PGM powders including Pt, Rh, Ir, Ru and alloys of these metals. These plasma-treated spherical powders can be tailored for your AM needs and offer:

  • Excellent flow properties with high levels of uniformity.
  • A dense material with minimal internal porosity.
  • High purity, containing low levels of O2 and N2 gasses.

We can produce bespoke powder size distributions specific to laser sintering, laser melting, binder jetting or E-beam requirements. Our capabilities range from fine powders (10 - 45 µm) to coarse powders (45 - 125 µm) depending on your specific application.

For more information on our AM capabilities please contact us, request a quote or fill out an enquiry form.