Swerim and the SMT division, Kanthal, recently inaugurated their joint investment - an ultra-modern atomizer unit - for research and development of materials and atomizing process.
The investment meets the increased demand for research opportunities around material and process development in additive manufacturing (AM) and powder metallurgy.
”The investment will enable unique possibilities for us to develop materials for AM and to get new products out on the market faster,” says Dilip Chandrasekaran, Head of R&D at Kanthal. ”The cooperation with Swerim will also allow for world-class research within this field which is strategic both for Kanthal and Sweden.”
The new atomizer unit aims for a long-term collaboration where Kanthal benefits from Swerim's innovative expertise in powder metallurgy, AM of metals, advanced structural analysis, testing, and modeling.
“It is fantastic that Swerim and Kanthal are investing in a state-of-the-art atomizer unit of valued at SEK 20 million. The collaboration has enabled a unique platform for R&D activities in alloy and powder development for the whole of Sweden”, says Annika Strondl, Head of powder materials and additive manufacturing at Swerim.
The atomizer unit makes it possible to atomize powder batches up to about 85 kg for AM, injection molding, surface coatings, and hot isostatic pressing (HIP). The equipment will have high material and process flexibility, creating vast opportunities to develop materials and processes in both AM and powder metallurgy.
Swerim has 60 years of experience in powder research, and Kanthal is a world-leading manufacturer of industrial heating solutions and high-temperature materials based on powder metallurgy.