The use of additive manufacturing (AM) technology in production is increasing rapidly. However, as more specialized metal powders are created for unique applications, material costs can increase. Recycling and reusing expensive powders is an attractive goal, but several challenges have to met to make powder reuse successful.
EWI AM Product Manager Rutuja Samant discusses these challenges and their potential solutions in Powder Recyclability Factors Into Future of Metal Additive Manufacturing, an article in the Winter 2019 issue of 3D METAL PRINTING. She outlines the importance of understanding powder degradation, plausible ways to recondition powders, and the work being done to develop industry standards for recyclability.
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