Configuration of specific component properties by processing AM powder mixtures

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Marie Luise  Köhler © Copyright: IWM


Marie Luise Köhler

Group Process Technology


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The number of available materials for additive manufacturing using Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) is very limited. Consequently, alloy development is costly, as small batches have to be atomized as a special material. Long waiting times must also be expected due to the delivery times of powder suppliers.


  • New materials are to be developed by mixing available powders, so that time and costs can be saved by increasing independence from powder suppliers
  • The materials must be homogeneous and have good mechanical properties

Project contents

  • As an example, 2 new materials are to be developed: Corrosion-resistant, wear-resistant tool steel and super duplex steel with improved seawater resistance
  • Focus of the project:
    • From which available powders these materials can be realized in principle
    • Which powder fractions have to be used for a homogeneous microstructure?
    • Can partially non-spherical powders also be used?
    • How must the process be adapted for processing powder mixtures in comparison to pre-alloyed materials?
    • Do components made of powder mixtures have the same mechanical properties as components made of pre-alloyed materials?

Project Partners

  • Fraunhofer IFAM in Bremen
  • Fachverband Pulvermetallurgie
  • Im Projektbegleitenden Ausschuss sind folgende Unternehmen vertreten: SMS Group , Carpenter , H.C. Starck Höganäs , Lightway , Deutsche Edelstahlwerke , SSK Steel Service Krefeld, AMPOWER , additivework, Hofmann, GKN, Kennametal,, 3D Laser BW , G-Elit


BMWi, grant nr. 20933 N