NanoSteel®, one of the leaders in Nano-structured steel materials design introduces the company’s first powders designed for the binder jet 3D printing process and its initial commercial application in AM(additive manufacturing). These materials, BLDRmetal™ J-10 and BLDRmetal™ J-11, enable the 3D printing of components for highly abrasive environments that can benefit from AM’s ability to eliminate tooling, create advanced geometries, and build custom parts on demand.
Industrial components made using J-10 feature 2X the elongation and 3X the wear and impact resistance of an equivalently infiltrated 420 stainless steel. NanoSteel demonstrates this capability working with 3DX Industries, an AM service provider, to print a security tool used by a global avionics company for removing and replacing aircraft panels. In this commercial application, the tools made with J-10 lasted 5X longer than the previous solution, notably decreasing the risk of delays in servicing the aircraft.
The BLDRmetal product line of binder jet powders also includes J-11, which is designed for extreme wear low-impact applications. Components made with J-11 provide 10X the wear resistance of an equivalently infiltrated 420 stainless steel. The exceptional performance of both NanoSteel products is based on the combination of complex metallic phases that provide wear resistance and a steel matrix that delivers ductility and toughness.
The company’s entry into the market enhances the applicability of binder jet printing by enabling the AM of high-complexity, lower-cost components with exceptional wear performance. The binder jet process is well suited for cost effectively producing industrial metal parts due to the faster building speed.BLDRmetal J-10 and BLDRmetal J-11 are intended for industries such as oil & gas, tool & die, and energy in applications such as drilling and pump components.