Gas and equipment for additive
manufacturing industry

Special products for the additive manufacturing market.

Effects of oxygen and moisture traces
3D printing is a multilayer process, and if during this process, the surface oxidises, then it remain strapped in the product.
It is precisely for this reason, these two pollutants must be reduced as much as possible, since there is no chance to repair damages, which translates into product loss.
Gases we use
The PBF (Powder Bed Fusion) process commonly use nitrogen with materials like stainless steel, or argon for other types of materials. We can help you analyse whatis the best performing mixture for your DED (Direct Energy Deposition) or PBF process. Another gas solution is helium, which is used in the EBM (Electron Beam Machine) process, although being expensive for this process, it consumes a little amount.

On the other hand, the FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) process uses argon, nitrogen and small percentages of hydrogen inargon, but only in the metal sintering phase. Forfurther information don’t hesitate to contact us.
Argon for additive manufacturing
Thanks to its chemical-physical characteristics, it is the most used gas for all additive manufacturing processes, mostly for those materials that are particularly reactive with oxygen or other air components.
Nitrogen fo additive manufacturing
Under normal conditions nitrogen is an inert gas but which at high temperatures can react with some materials also used in 3D printing. The use of nitrogen in this process is indicated for austenitic steel powders.
Helium for additive manufacturing
Helium is an absolutely inert and very light gas. Its chemical and physical characteristics make it ideal for both PBF (Powder Bed Fusion) and DED (Direct Energy Deposition) 3D printing processes, but it is very rare and expensive, so it is mainly used in EBM (Electron Beam Machine) processes given the low gas consumption that this process has. In DED processes it is often used mixed with other gases.
Sanarc® H for additive manufacturing
Do you still have questions?
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