Given the right gases and the necessary know-how, AM processes can create products with any desired surface texture, which is especially relevant in the medical field. It's even possible to give different parts of the same product a different finish. Directly from scratch, without complicated post-processing.
AM products are created in one piece, which gives them unique stability and strength when properly annealed – an important property in all areas of manufacturing. With the correct gas composition in the chamber, this lets you engineer novel parts that can bear any load and defy any force to stand the test of time.
Hollow structures are a massive achievement. The right AM gases allow you to build products with a lightweight and robust cellular lattice at their core. The result: workpieces with all the strength of a conventional product at a fraction of their weight. Perfect for high-end applications like aeronautical engineering.
Freedom of design
Forget the tight working envelopes of conventional manufacturing. If you have the correct gases for Additive Manufacturing, your prototyping is only limited by your imagination. However small, elaborate or complex your newest designs may be: We'll let you make the previously impossible totally real.
Freedom of design
Turning your visions into reality
Linde ADDvance™ O2 precision Progressive Gas Management for Additive Manufacturing
360° Additive Manufacturing.
Additive Manufacturing doesn't start or end on the powder bed. Before and after you fuse metal powder into whatever shape you desire, several independent procedures make sure that your workpieces come out as strong and consistent as you need them to be. And because all of these steps require high-end gases and solutions, Linde Gas is the perfect partner to support you from first idea to final product.
When metal is atomized into metal powder, only the proper atmosphere guarantees a pure granulate material with the correct particle size and shape. This is necessary to provide high-quality results, even where complex shapes are involved. A great print requires great base material – which is why our know-how in gases is the perfect foundation for powder metallurgy.
Powder bed fusion AM is carried out in an enclosed atmosphere. Every metal requires a different, well-defined and consistent gas composition within the chamber. Only the correct gas composition gives you a consistent printing quality. And only Linde has the gas, equipment and cutting-edge technology that ensure a flawless and reproducible print every time.
3. Heat Treatment and Hot Isostatic Pressing
Heat treatment and Hot Isostatic Pressing consolidates the internal structure of your products after printing. A pure and uniform atmosphere within the oven is needed to avoid unwanted particulate absorption. This ensures that you get the precise material properties you require. Linde Gas application technologies improve annealing and hot isostatic pressing of your workpieces, for high-density results with no internal stress.
Your perfect finish requires high-end surface cleaning. Our CRYOCLEAN® process uses dry iceto blast powder residues and other unwanted substances from your workpieces – gently, efficiently, eco-friendly and without costly cleaning-related downtimes. It's how a great AM product becomes perfect – and just one of many reasons why we're the ideal partner for every production step from raw material to refined product.
Let's build the future together
Would you like to know more about the new technologies and high-end gases that are revolutionizing additive manufacturing? Our experts are happy to answer all of your questions and help you unlock the full potential of your metal powders or AM chambers. Just send us a message. We'll be in touch.