9/30/2014

Video: Additive Manufacturing of Metal Matrix Composites for High-Hardness Parts

Combining a ductile phase with a hard phase in a single build generates hard ferrous parts without cracking. Possibilities now include additive manufacturing of cutting tools, dies, bearings and downhole hardware.

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NanoSteel produced the video here, as well as this related video, to describe its recent success at applying additive manufacturing to build high-hardness ferrous metal matrix composite parts. The metal matrix composite in these builds combines steel in two phases, a hard phase embedded in a ductile phase. Achieving this combination through laser sintering permits parts with high hardness to be additively grown without the cracking that often hinders additive manufacturing of hard steels. NanoSteel sees this success opening the door to additive manufacturing of cutting tools, bearings, dies and downhole equipment. Read more from the company here.

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