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    Discussion in 'Manufacturing processes' started by s.weinberg, Jan 4, 2017.

    1. s.weinberg

      s.weinberg Well-Known Member EngineeringClicks Expert

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      Hi all,

      Saw this recently: http://www.wsj.com/articles/3-d-printing-heats-up-demand-for-metals-1482953558

      It seems to indicate a dearth of supply for metal powders 'suitable for 3D printing'. While powdered metallurgy (mostly the kind that compresses the powders in moulds) may not be the most common manufacturing technique, it's been around for a while, and it's surprising to me that whoever supplies powders for that wouldn't easily cover the market for 3D printing, at least for the near future.

      Does anyone know if there's a major difference between the powders used in 3D printing and sintered metallurgy?
       
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