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In addition to 41 pages of news from the Powder Metallurgy industry, the 88-page Winter 2020 issue of Powder Metallurgy Review magazine (Vol. 9 No. 4) includes the following articles and special features:
Arcast: A decade of innovation and a bright future for metal powder atomisation
Arcast Inc. celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2020. From its base in Oxford, Maine, USA, the company designs and supplies a range of atomising systems to a diverse customer base across the globe. Soon becoming a leader in compact, laboratory-sized systems, the company today has expanded to offer large scale, custom-built atomisers.
In this article, we look at how the company has advanced over the last ten years, the key technology it has developed and what the future holds for this growing company as it continues to offer metal powder atomisation solutions to a wider market place.
Particle characterisation of metal powders with dynamic image analysis and laser diffraction
The size and shape of metal powders and metal alloys can be characterised by a number of different methods. The control of particle size and distribution is considered an important step in ensuring a metal powder meets the required quality levels.
In this article, Kai Dueffels and Robert Waggeling of Microtrac MRB, Germany, discuss the particle characterisation methods of dynamic image analysis and laser diffraction, using the company’s Camsizer X2 and Sync analysers.
JPMA Awards 2020: A showcase of innovation in PM for new and existing applications
The winners of this year’s Japan Powder Metallurgy Association (JPMA) Awards highlighted the ongoing developments being made by Japan’s PM industry, as it strives to gain further applications for Powder Metallurgy.
The winners included innovations in component development and processing technology, showcasing the design and commercial benefits to using Powder Metallurgy as a manufacturing technique for mass production in numerous end-user categories.
Understanding how the surface area of metal powders influences Additive Manufacturing
The surface area of particles in metal powders is affected by particle size, shape, roughness and porosity. Even spherical gas atomised metal powders exhibit surface areas much higher than suggested by their size.
In this article, Dave van der Wiel, Director of Technology Development at NSL Analytical Services, discusses the topic and explains why the knowledge and use of powder surface area is a critical parameter in the metal Additive Manufacturing process.
Euro PM2020: PM functional materials in energy management and magnetic applications
Technical sessions within the programme of the successful Euro PM2020 Virtual Congress, organised by the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) from October 5–7, 2020, considered the powder metallurgical processing of functional materials in two application categories, energy management and magnetic applications.
Dr David Whittaker provides a summary of these presentations, highlighting the key topics presented in the papers.