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Researchers Develop 3D Printed Stainless Steel Powder, Reducing Production Costs By 114 Euros Per Kilogram

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It is reported that MateuszSkalon, a researcher from the Institute of Materials Science at the Technical University of Graz (TU Graz) in Austria, has developed a new type of 3D printing stainless steel powder. According to the calculation model given, it can reduce the production cost of up to 114 euros per kilogram of powder.

The automobile industry is one of the first industries to use 3D printing technology. 3D printing has evolved from the initial print of concept models to the production of functional models and is currently being gradually applied to the manufacture of useful parts, and even the manufacture of complete automobiles. 3D printing technology can eliminate the tedious process of making molds, significantly shortening the development cycle of auto parts. With the rapid increase in my country's automobile production and sales and continuous technological innovation, 3D printing has broad application prospects in the automobile industry. Last year, the global 3D printing in the automotive industry reached 480 million U.S. dollars, and the agency predicts that the market size is expected to reach 1.5 billion U.S. dollars by 2020.

It is understood that the current 3D printing materials are mainly photosensitive resins, ABS plastics, and other raw materials. Metal powders such as aluminum powder and titanium powder and ceramic powders such as alumina and carbon fiber can also be used as raw materials for printing. Among them, the purity, granularity, uniformity, spheroidization, and oxygen content of metal materials have a more significant impact on the performance of printed products. The metal powder materials currently used mainly include titanium alloys, cobalt-chromium alloys, stainless steel, and aluminum alloys. Due to the high technical barriers and production difficulties of metal powder materials, the market output is insufficient. Technology companies dedicated to the research, production, and sales of aluminum alloy materials, metal composite materials, and aluminum alloy non-composite materials are expected to be the first to benefit.

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