Our production technology
AP&C is the leader in the production of Titanium, Aluminum and Nickel alloys. Our unique process produces highly spherical metal powder designed for excellent flowability and low porosity.
Our proprietary Advanced Plasma Atomization (APA™) process uses plasma torches to melt and atomize metal wire feedstock sourced from 100% virgin melted material. In order to prevent contamination and ensure a high purity product the melting wire never meets a solid surface. The wire feedstock controls the powder size distribution and allows batch to batch consistency. Our powder is also atomized in a high purity argon atmosphere to ensure the lowest oxygen content. The produced powder size distribution ranges from 0 to 150 µm with the vast majority between 0 to 106 µm or 0 to 75 µm depending on configuration and offers excellent flowability. In addition, our powder is sieved to the requirements of each customer and each lot is tested, blended for homogeneity, and certified before packaging.
Aluminum alloys are essential powders in the world of additive manufacturing (AM). However, the aluminum alloys process window is smaller than other AM alloys; therefore, the selection of the correct powder from the beginning of the production cycle is key to ensuring dependable properties. In this paper learn how the particle size distribution (PSD) cuts and the atomization process impact the quality of the powder.
Advanced Plasma Atomization (APA™) process
AP&C’s proprietary Advanced Plasma Atomization (APA™) powders are adapted for all additive manufacturing technologies — from R&D to large-scale production, offering superior flowability, purity and density with an exceptionally low level of porosity. The high quality of our powders allows for precise printing and batch-to-batch consistency.