Dr. Ankit Saharan and Dr. Gregory Hayes of EOS explore the next phase of development in additive manufacturing materials.
Materials unlock applications for additive technologies. In the current additive metals world, traditionally conventional alloy chemistries like 316L, 15-5PH stainless steels, Ti64 and other superalloys were developed. Now that powder bed additive technology has gained some maturity there is a realization that new alloy chemistries are needed to take advantage of the cooling rates of this process. Hence we see an explosion of new AM specific materials in the industry today where these new alloys not only match the traditional alloys but in some cases surpass performance giving design engineers more space to create and make not only new generative designs but also achieve performance from these applications which was not possible before. This is especially true in case of Aluminum and we see a bright future for other alloy classes as well like high carbon steels, gamma and gamma prime super alloys.