6K, the developer of microwave plasma technology for the production of advanced materials used in additive manufacturing (AM), lithium-ion batteries and other industrial markets, recently launches the world’s first AM powders derived from sustainable sources. 6K’s first-of-its-kind process has the unique ability to convert certified chemistry machined millings, turnings and other recycled feedstock sources into premium AM-ready metal powder.
6K has developed a process technology that currently can produce premium powder from certified machining turnings, and in the future will extend its capability to feedstock created from AM support structures, non-conforming AM parts post-print, and other unique inputs. The goal is to use 100% of the materials that enter the supply chain, providing AM end-users a new way to manage project costs and control supply chain, while also advancing progress toward a circular economy in AM.
6K’s powder products are the combination of 6K Alloy Reclaimation technology and 6K UniMelt plasma system.
Due to the high uniformity of the microwave plasma, 6K has the ability to produce powders that exceed competitive technologies, providing high sphericity, zero porosity, elimination of satellites, and high flowability and tap density.