Rio Tinto develops new water atomised steel powder

June 4, 2021

Full-scale industrial parts have already been produced using this new steel powder (Courtesy Rio Tinto)

Rio Tinto reports it has developed a new water atomised steel powder designed specifically for Additive Manufacturing applications at its Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT) metallurgical complex in Sorel-Tracy, Québec, Canada. The new powder is reported to deliver mechanical properties superior to conventional metal manufacturing techniques.

The water atomised powder is part of RTFT’s ongoing development project aimed at producing a range of additional powder grades with advanced properties for AM.

Rio Tinto’s Critical Minerals and Technology Centre at Sorel-Tracy partnered with Germany’s KSB SE & Co. KGaA, one of the leading manufacturers of pumps and valves and a pioneer in industrial AM, to develop and test the performance of the new powder in AM applications. Full-scale industrial parts have already been produced and tested, including parts for a liquid iron casting equipment at Rio Tinto’s Sorel-Tracy site, said to be an industry first.

Stéphane Leblanc, Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium Managing Director, stated, “This is a new generation of steel powders designed for 3D printing at RTFT’s metallurgical complex, where we have over fifty years of experience in making steel and iron powders. Our new Additive Manufacturing steel powder grade, produced with the largest water atomiser in North America, brings a very competitive raw material addition to the growing 3D market.”

www.ksb.com

www.riotinto.com

Latest Industry News

Download the latest issue of PM Review

Our latest issue is now available to download in PDF format, free of charge.

As well as an extensive Powder Metallurgy industry news section, this 92-page issue includes the following exclusive articles and reports:

  • The state of Germany’s Powder Metallurgy industry: From the coronavirus pandemic to the EV revolution
  • CM Furnaces: A stalwart of the industrial furnace segment reflects on seventy-five years of thermal processing innovation
  • Liberty Powder Metals: The Liberty Steel spin-out targeting high-quality metal powder production for advanced manufacturing processes
  • The Low Gas Consumption continuous furnace: Delivering increased efficiency across a range of PM applications
  • Eliminating conflict minerals: A new standard for the assurance of conflict-free materials across the supply chain
  • More information

Industry News

E-newsletter

Sign up to our free e-newsletter, sent weekly to industry professionals around the world. We'll also let you know each time a new issue of PM Review magazine is available.

Subscribe for a FREE digital magazine

PM Review is the leading international magazine for the Powder Metallurgy industry.
Published four times a year, it is available as a free download or through a print subscription

Connect with us

Powder Metallurgy: The original net-shape production process

Powder Metallurgy components are relied upon by a wide variety of manufacturing industries, from automotive to power tools, household appliances, chemical engineering, filtration and more.

The main reason for the technology’s success is its cost-effectiveness at producing high volumes of net-shape components, combined with its ability to allow the manufacture of products that, because of the production processes, simply cannot be manufactured by other methods.

To discover more about how the technology has revolutionised component production, browse our Introduction to Powder Metallurgy.

Latest industry news

Copy link