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Aubert & Duval and OxMet Technologies partner to offer high-strength and high-temperature nickel based powders for AM

Aubert & Duval and OxMet Technologies partner to offer high-strength and high-temperature nickel based powders for AM
Aubert & Duval and OxMet Technologies enter partnership agreement. From left to right: Andre Nemeth, Adeline Riou, Rebecca Gingell, and Olivier Dubois (Courtesy OxMet Technologies)

Aubert & Duval, a
subsidiary of the High Performance Alloys Division of the Eramet group, based
in Paris, France, and OxMet Technologies, an alloy development company
located in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, UK, have announced a partnership agreement
for the production and distribution of OxMet’s ABD®-XAM range of high-strength
and high-temperature nickel based powders
for Additive Manufacturing.

The powder range, which
currently consists of high-strength and high-temperature nickel alloys ABD®-850AM
and ABD®-900AM, has been designed specifically for the AM process. The new
alloys can be additively manufactured crack-free, with a wide processing
window, and are said to exhibit high
strength up to 900°C. This is  reportedly a significant performance
improvement over conventional alloys, where there is a trade-off between
strength and AM processability;
the strongest nickel alloy (Alloy 718)
currently available for AM becomes
unstable above 650°C, making it unsuitable for use in the most critical
turbomachinery components.

Aubert & Duval explains
that the addition of the ABD®-XAM alloys to the company’s Pearl® Micro powder
portfolio will enable its global customer base to additively manufacture
complex high-temperature parts for aviation and industrial gas-turbines, space
and motorsport applications.

“Additive Manufacturing
is a unique and innovative process, and to unlock its true potential, new
materials are required,” stated Olivier Dubois, VP Business Line
Powders for Additive at Aubert & Duval. “With this partnership, Aubert
& Duval brings to its customers two new high-performance alloys designed
for Additive Manufacturing. We are excited to see what they will create.”

Michael Holmes, OxMet’s CEO,
commented, “OxMet has seen significant industry interest in its ABD®-XAM
range of alloys, and this partnership with Aubert & Duval will enable us to
meet the growing demand for alloy powder. We are proud to be working with such
a well-respected leader in the powder manufacturing industry.”

www.aubertduval.com

www.oxmet-technologies.com

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