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Heraeus 3D prints largest ever metallic glass part

Heraeus 3D prints largest ever metallic glass part

Written by David

April 7, 2019

At the Automate 2019 fair in Chicago, metal powder specialist Heraeus presented a world record additive manufactured gear wheel made of amorphous metals (also known as metallic glass or glassy metal). The gear wheel was 3D printed in a standard SLM system with material from Heraeus. With this world premiere, Heraeus is breaking through the boundaries of 3D printing and opening completely new design possibilities for a wide range of industries – from automation solutions and robotics to aviation, medical technology and the automotive industry. An amorphous metal is a solid metallic material, usually an alloy, with disordered atomic-scale structure. Most metals are crystalline in their solid state, which means they have a highly ordered arrangement of atoms. Amorphous metals are non-crystalline and have a glass-like structure. But unlike common glasses, such as window glass, which are typically electrical insulators, amorphous metals have good electrical conductivity. New design possibilities […]


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