Aluminium Powders for Additive Manufacturing
Aheadd®, high performance aluminium powders for selective laser melting and power bed fusion process
Aluminium Additive Manufacturing is increasingly getting traction, as more applications are being developed for the aerospace, motor sport and automotive industries. Whether used to produce complex components or to support prototyping, aluminium additive manufacturing has demonstrated it can complement traditional manufacturing of aluminium parts.
The laser powder bed process involves rapid solidification which can be leveraged to design entirely new aluminium alloys, bringing properties unachievable with conventional alloys. Our experts at C-TEC have developed Aheadd®, a new generation of high performance aluminium powders for additive manufacturing. These new products are perfectly aligned with the requirements of powder bed fusion, allowing higher printing productivity and simplified post-processing.
Constellium’s new powders are designed and tailored based on customer needs for a wide range of applications including aerospace, motorsports and defence industries. Aheadd® solutions bring unmatched thermal stability, allowing replacement of titanium in selected applications to reduce weight and cost.
Constellium has signed a contract with Polyshape a leader in the field of metal additive manufacturing, to produce highly complex geometry additive manufacturing components for motorsport industry, using Aheadd® products.
Constellium is part of the Aeroprint initiative, an ambitious collaborative R&D project supported by Dassault Aviation and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, which aims to develop, qualify and implement in 2020 an industrial pilot line for the additive manufacturing of aerospace complex metal parts.
Partnering on a pilot scale atomizer with the French cluster M2P
Constellium is partnering the IRT-M2P Institute located in Metz (North-East France), a mutualized industrial research institute specialized in developing advanced metallurgical process. Constellium is partnering with this French cluster M2P to build pilot scale atomizer capable of producing our high-performance alloys.