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Powdermet® technologies

Bodycote has decades of experience creating complex, high integrity components from powdered metal. Bodycote Powdermet® technologies are a group of manufacturing processes used in the production of complex components using powder metallurgy.

Bodycote Powdermet® technologies now incorporate new, patent-pending techniques that combine 3D printing with well-established net shape and near net shape techniques. This new technology dramatically reduces the manufacturing time and production cost of a part compared to producing the same part using 3D printing alone.

Powdermet® technologies ensure complete powder consolidation, achieve structural homogeneity, and eliminate internal porosity and unconsolidated powder flaws. The process can produce components with varying surface features and thicknesses, with higher structural integrity than alternative production techniques. The need for brazing or welding parts together to form larger structures is eliminated. Instead, the finished article can be produced as one seamless component and largely avoid the size limitations imposed by the constraints of 3D printing. Different parts of a component can be formed from different alloys presenting the ideal and most cost-efficient solution. Component design can be tailored to the actual requirements for performance and not limited by subsequent machining operations.

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*Patents pending

Properties and advantages of Powdermet® technologies include:

  • Single piece construction of highly complex components
  • Can combine multiple material in one component
  • One-off or high volume productions
  • Substantial elimination of machine operations
  • Scalable to large components
  • Able to meet exacting tolerances 
  • Design flexibility and freedom
  • Weight optimisation
  • Fine and homogeneous grain size
  • High cleanliness and no segregation
  • Isotropic mechanical properties
  • Superior stress corrosion properties
  • Reduced welding and machining
  • 100% ultrasonic inspectability
  • Short delivery times
  • Material and total cost savings

Powdermet® is a registered trademark owned by Bodycote.