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Powder metallurgy

Sweden is an international leader in powder metallurgy - 25% of the world's metal powder is made in Sweden. At the Unit of Processes, researchers improve metal powder production technologies, understand and develop powder characterisation techniques, ensure effective handling of metal powder and monitor and advance health and safety.

A photograph of the TQC Sheen thin film applicator at the KTH Powder Characterisation laboratory. A sample of powder has ben spread into a thin layer in order to measure its properties.
TQC Sheen thin film applicator at the KTH Powder Characterisation laboratory.

At the Unit of Processes, we have recently started research to improve metal powder production technologies, understand and develop powder characterisation techniques, ensure effective handling of metal powder and to monitor and advance health and safety. We employ a range of modelling and experimental approaches to ensure efficient and effective research. We work with all major powder producers in Sweden and research institutes.

Naturally, much of our current focus is towards additive manufacturing and we have invested in demonstration machines for students using polymer filament technology and stereolithography. These printers support our education, outreach and research activities. We are excited to receive ceramic printers based on the same stereolithography technique and digital light processing, together with all necessary support equipment. Such printers will be used as research tools in their own right and to support our other metals processing research.

The Powder Characteisation Laboratory is supported by two polymer 3D printers that act as demonstrators of additive manufacturing technology and provide a prototyping capability for new powder dispensers and handling tools.

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Last changed: Apr 15, 2021