Heraeus develops 3D printed amorphous metals

The Heraeus technology group has now broadened its portfolio of 3D-printed metals to include the highly sought-after group of materials known as amorphous metals, through a new technology partnership with the Exmet, a Swedish company. “Amorphous metals will change our future. They possess a wide variety of previously incompatible characteristics: They are very strong and yet malleable, as well as harder and more corrosion-resistant than conventional metals. Together with Exmet, we intend to open up this new class of materials for industry and 3D printing,” says Tobias Caspari, head of 3D Printing at Heraeus New Businesses. “Particularly in additive manufacturing, it is crucial for the material and the manufacturing process to be perfectly matched in order to ensure the utmost consistency and quality,” Tobias Caspari emphasizes.

Heraeus develops high-tech metal powders and the related processes for additive manufacturing – a market with great potential, but far from “plug & play.” Expertise in materials and processes is crucial here, because the metal powder and the printing process must be individually matched with the desired component. Based on its experience with metals and metals processing, the Hanau-based technology group focuses on manufacturing high-quality metal powders suitable for 3D printing, on researching new special alloys, and on developing the parameters for processing the materials. In addition, their customers have access to experts for design and process simulation, several manufacturing facilities, and recycling options for used metal powder.