CANADA’S AM METAL POWDER INDUSTRY GETS $8M BOOST AT EQUISPHERES

3D Printing Industry | 2/19/2019 | Tia Vialva
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Canadian additive manufacturing powder producer Equisperes has just received an $8 million investment from early stage and SME financing bank BDC Capital.

Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, and driving at the green-benefits of metal 3D printing, Equishperes is well-positioned within BDC’s ongoing commitment to high-potential Canadian cleantech firms. The investment is also the latest advance in the nation’s growing metal powder manufacturing stronghold, already home to rival materials companies such as GE Additive’s AP&C and PyroGenesis.

Equisphere - Success - Method - Powder - Atomization

The secret to Equisphere’s success is a patent-pending method of powder atomization that produces near-perfect spherical metal powders. The uniformity and smoothness of these powders make them the ideal feedstock for additive manufacturing systems, as heterogeneous particles can lead to quality discrepancies in the final part. On the strength of its proprietary technology, Equispheres also previously received a $5 million investment from American global aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin.

Gas plasma atomization is one of the methods used by Equishperes competitors to create powders of such high quality and homogeneity. Another is the Fray, Farthing & Chen process, held by UK metal powder producer Metalysis.

Investment - BDC - Equispheres - Advantages - Printing

Securing this most recent investment from BDC, Equispheres focuses on the environmental advantages of 3D printing. Namely, how switching to additive manufacturing...
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