Patent granted for PM radiation process

3D printing company Freemelt has been granted a patent in the US covering a method of neutralizing electric charge in metal powder by means of ultraviolet radiation.

According to the company, using the technology can increase the resolution and robustness of electron beam 3D printing.

Previously, the accumulation of electric charge in the metal powder during the company’s process could hamper the use of very fine powders in combination with high beam power.

"This innovation opens up 3D printing technology for more application areas and gives more freedom of choice regarding powder materials,” said Ulric Ljungblad, inventor and chief innovation officer.  

The patent reportedly extends until June 2039. A European patent is still pending.