Nickel alloy for LPBF 3D printing

Materials specialist Uniformity Labs has made available a nickel alloy suitable for laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) 3D printing.

The company has reportedly improved the parameters for its UniFuse IN718 nickel alloy when printed at 60 um thickness per layer with 400W laser power.

Uniformity says that it can now achieve a 2.2X faster exposure time and more uniform mechanical properties compared to competitors’ lower layer thickness scan strategies.

“The higher tap density and optimized particle size distribution create a highly uniform, denser powder bed, yielding repeatable part builds at the highest throughput,” a press release said.