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HOSOKAWA technology tailored for 3D printing market

Manufacturing high-quality synthetic or metallic products and spare parts using a 3D printer requires pure and stable powders, which in turn places high demands on the processing equipment used to make them. The HOSOKAWA MICRON Group has the right powder processing technology to meet those demands.

Machines such as mixers, vacuum dryers, grinders and air classifiers are all examples of specially developed equipment for powder processing. The machines are used to remove impurities, sub-size particles and agglomerates and to optimize the quality of the material so that it is suitable for use in the 3D printing process.

High demands
HOSOKAWA has picked up on the growing interest in technologies related to the production of high-quality powders for additive manufacturing processes. The polymer and metal powders that are used in 3D printers must meet increasingly high demands in terms of not only narrow particle size distribution but also particle consistency with respect to things like shape, composition and flowability. HOSOKAWA is capitalizing on this trend by specially adapting its machines for these applications.

Virgin material
For the production of virgin material, the raw materials must be conditioned, crystallized and/or polymerized in such a way as to make them suitable for high-precision 3D printing processes. In addition to being perfectly spherical, the powder particles must also have the necessary shape retention and the right melting point. HOSOKAWA MICRON’s conical paddle mixer/dryer (CPM/CPD) is an ideal solution for conditioning powders.

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