Turning ‘grey dust’ into alloys for aerospace applications

Carpenter Technologies has been working in the aerospace industry for more than 100 years - and now combines this experience with technology to create alloys for aerospace applications

Disruptive technologies are being used alongside 130 years of experience to help Carpenter Technology understand metal capabilities.

The company has been investing in new data technology to create a knowledge and skills base which will boost its understanding of customer aerospace applications. The company’s engineers and metallurgists produce advanced high-quality iron-, nickel-, cobalt-, and titanium-based aerospace alloys, which contribute to improvements in aerodynamics, weight reduction, fuel efficiency, heat resistance, strength, and functionality.

'Grey dust' is complex metal powder

“Everything we do has to be channelled towards an end use application,” said Ben Ferrar, VP and General Manager Additive. “We recognise that there is a need in the market place to have products and services to manage traceability of materials in 3D printing, for example, and collect data and its very easy to forget that the metal powder that ultimately goes into metal additive manufacturing is really, really complex.

“When you look at it, its grey dust and all the grey dust looks the same, but the reality of it is very different There is bilions of particles in a few kilos of material and so we have worked a lot on understanding on how those different parameters impact on your final part and impact on your final part properties.

 

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