Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation, Ltd. (TNSC), an industrial gas company owned by Nippon Sanso Holdings Group, based in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan, has acquired the sales rights for Constellium’s Aheadd Additive Manufacturing powders in Japan. TNSC already offers a range of products and services for the Additive Manufacturing industry, and will market Aheadd’s aluminium powders to a wide range of sectors, including aerospace, automotive and semiconductors.
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Aheadd powders are specially designed for Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) Additive Manufacturing. Aheadd CP1 is an aluminium-iron-zirconium powder designed without volatile elements, rare earths, silicon or ceramic particle additions. Aheadd CP1 brings multiple advantages, including high strength and ductility, excellent thermal/electrical conductivity, high productivity processing, and simplified post-processing.
Aheadd HT1 is designed specifically for PBF-LB applications that need high strength and service temperatures of up to around 260°C. The high thermal stability of Aheadd HT1 is said to make it an ideal choice to replace AA2xxx aluminium-copper high temperature alloys, as well as bringing possibilities for new designs leveraging the high thermal conductivity and low density of aluminium for service conditions usually requiring titanium or steel.