Recently, the production demonstration line for additive manufacturing spherical titanium alloy powder – electrode induction atomization powder production line (EIGA-50), jointly built by Avimetal and Pangang Group Chengdu Materials Institute, was successfully hot tested in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.
For the first joint thermal load test, approximately 150kg of TC4 titanium alloy rod material was cumulatively fed into the furnace, and the prepared additive system
Titanium alloy powder for manufacturing (3D printing), 15-53 μ The average yield of m powder reaches 30%, and all indicators of the powder are good; During the hot test process, the equipment operates stably and reliably, with batch production capacity.
Panzhihua Iron and Steel Group is a super large vanadium titanium steel enterprise group in China. It is a world leader in the comprehensive utilization of vanadium titanium magnetite resources, and has formed a unique series of vanadium, titanium, and steel products. In the titanium industry, Panzhihua Iron and Steel Group is the core titanium raw material and titanium processing enterprise with a complete industrial chain in China, and the titanium variety and quality are leading in China. As the core research and development institution of Pangang Group, the Research Institute of Pangang Group is an influential comprehensive new material research and development institution mainly focused on vanadium and titanium in China. Its subsidiary, Chengdu Institute of Materials, is guided by national strategic needs and has long-term research and application on high-end materials and components such as vanadium based, titanium based, nickel based, cobalt based, and iron based.
Since 2018, Avimetal has established a deep cooperative relationship with the titanium alloy team of Panzhihua Iron and Steel Group Research Institute in the development of titanium powder equipment and technology. In 2021, Panzhihua Iron and Steel Group Research Institute plans to build a high-quality spherical titanium alloy powder demonstration line project for additive manufacturing based on the “Science and Technology Reform Demonstration Action” of Chengdu Materials Institute. Based on the mature equipment technology of Avimetal in the field of metal additive manufacturing titanium alloy powder, the two sides will work together again to jointly build an aerosol spherical titanium powder production base in the western region of China.
The demonstration line for high-quality spherical titanium alloy powder used in additive manufacturing has two atomization powder furnaces (EIGA-50) and supporting argon recovery devices and post-treatment systems. The project addresses the “bottleneck” problem of additive manufacturing in aerospace, biomedical and other fields, as well as the preparation of high-quality spherical titanium powder used in powder metallurgy. It promotes the high value-added utilization of vanadium and titanium resources in the Panxi region and assists the industrial transformation and upgrading of Pangang Group.
The main electrode induction gas atomization powder making furnace (EIGA-50) designed by Avimetal for this demonstration line adopts a conical induction coil non-contact induction heating molten titanium alloy rod tip and a free high flow ultrafine powder atomization nozzle, achieving non-contact melting without crucible, pollution-free, flexible feeding weight, and meeting the needs of scientific research and mass production manufacturing; Equipped with a high recovery rate argon circulation system and an integrated post-treatment system, the innovative use of a “one driven two” argon recovery device and integrated control of the powder making furnace maximizes the efficiency of the circulation equipment. The overall technical level of the demonstration line project is industry-leading, and after reaching production capacity and effectiveness, the production capacity and economic benefits are considerable.
Avimetal adheres to continuously creating value for users with advanced materials and manufacturing technology, manufacturing excellence and equipping the world, adhering to independent research and development, open source innovation, and continuously helping to solve the “bottleneck” problem in the national metal powder new material equipment field, empowering and promoting the transformation and transformation of the traditional metallurgical material industry.