Materialise and ArcelorMittal Partner to Enhance Metal 3D Printing

The combination of Materialise’s build processor and ArcelorMittal Powders AdamIQ solutions was designed to increase speed, quality and cost-efficiency of metal 3D printing.

Rob Spiegel

June 5, 2024

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Materialise and ArcelorMittal Partner to Enhance Metal 3D Printing
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At a Glance

  • The partnership integrates Materialise’s build processor and ArcelorMittal Powders’ AdamIQ range of steel powders.
  • The goal is to optimize laser powder bed fusion equipment and metal 3D printing strategies.
  • The two companies aim to expand the applications and industries using metal 3DP.

Materialise, a 3D printing software and services company, and ArcelorMittal Powders, a business unit of ArcelorMittal that produces steel powders, have agreed to create solutions to optimize laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) equipment and metal 3D printing strategies. Through the MOU, ArcelorMittal will use Materialise’s next-gen build processor for 3d printers.

The two companies are partnering to develop solutions that integrate Materialise’s next-gen build processor and ArcelorMittal Powders’ AdamIQ range of steel powders to enhance LPBF, the most widely used additive manufacturing technology for producing metal parts. Build processors link 3D printers with data preparation software, streamlining the additive manufacturing process from design to print.

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Materialise’s next-gen build processor supports larger build volumes and more complex geometries than traditional build processors, so users will be able to customize process parameters, streamline workflows and print faster. Combined with the AdamIQ steel powders made specifically for additive manufacturing applications, these printing solutions help improve setup and production speed, part quality, cost-efficiency, reproducibility and repeatability.

 “Our collaboration with Materialise supports our vision that the key to success in additive manufacturing is about finding the right blend of digital instructions and steel powders to deliver the best balance of quality and productivity in an application,” said Aubin Defer, chief marketing officer at ArcelorMittal Powders. “Whether developing new applications with new alloys or proving the feasibility of new designs for existing applications through steel additive manufacturing, Materialise offers us a formidable channel to bring build instructions straight to Athe heart of a 3D printer.”

A Combined 50 Years of 3DP

Materialise has more than 30 years of 3D printing experience and a proven track record for providing build processors. ArcelorMittal Powders combines nearly 20 years of metallurgical expertise to provide steel solutions for additive manufacturing applications.

“Our collaboration with ArcelorMittal marks a significant milestone in advancing our shared vision,” said Udo Eberlein, VP of software at Materialise. “By enhancing processes and solutions, we aim to expand the applications and industries utilizing additive manufacturing. This partnership brings us closer to a future where 3D printing achieves its full potential, enabling both mass customization and large-scale production.”

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Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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