How can certain materials be optimized further? What requirements must a material meet in order to be ideally suited for certain components? And how do we manage to develop these materials?
These are precisely the questions we address in materials development and research at Rapid Technology.
Special applications or complex components that are subjected to high stresses require optimized materials to meet the high demands. Our goal is to develop exactly the right metallic alloy or the perfect material for our customers. Our many years of know-how in researching and optimizing a wide range of metallic materials help us to do this.
With the help of laser 3D printing, we can place an emphasis on the development of graded material systems. For example, we are able to integrate wear-resistant protective layers by mixing hard materials into the steel powder. The specific composition of the metal/hard material powder mixture creates a smooth transition between hard and ductile areas. The advantage is obvious: While joining technology is normally used for material composites in more complex components and component groups, this is now no longer necessary. This eliminates potential weak points in the manufacturing process.