Additive manufacturing processes are extremely specific. Different powders, printers, and processes are needed, depending on the applications. All parameters need to be carefully synchronized. That is the only way to ensure that the built components have the desired characteristics and the process achievs reliable results. And that might be the only possibility the process can be designed quickly and cost-efficiently.
A comprehensive portfolio of materials that include customer-specific alloys that must be optimized to their application in 3D printing provides a basis for making the right choice. High purity spherical particles, precise particle size distribution, and absence of gas cavities and satellites are particularly important. This makes it possible to reach essential characteristics such as ideal flowability and apparent density to be consistent from batch to batch.