LMT invests in Equispheres metal powder atomization

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Equispheres has received a USD 5 M investment from Lockheed Martin (LMT) under the Industrial Regional Benefits (IRB) and Industrial Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy. This investment enables Equispheres, an Ottawa-based materials science company, to accelerate its growth in the provision of high-quality materials required for advanced technologies such as additive manufacturing, 3D printing and cold spray deposition.

Each of these technologies requires a unique spherical metal powder in the manufacturing process. Equispheres created a unique technology for producing perfectly spherical metal powder with specific characteristics desired within the aerospace and automotive industries because these powders yield higher performance and maintenance capabilities.

Equispheres successfully developed the technology to atomize aluminum alloys. Lockheed Martin’s investment enables Equispheres to conduct the research, development and design work to build reactors that will produce powders of higher strength material such as inconel, steels and cobalt chrome.