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Additive Manufacturing: Considerations for Powder Metals

Thursday, June 15
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Tech Center 



DeFrain200x200Ray DeFrain
Regional Metallurgist
Carpenter Technology


Mumau200x200Claudia Mumau
Manager, Powder Commercialization
Carpenter Technology



As metal powder additive manufacturing advances from rapid prototyping to mass production, the importance of powder characteristics and composition has become widely recognized. In this presentation, various techniques for powder production will be explored, with the emphasis on variants in atomization technology. Conventional and emerging techniques for measuring powder characteristics will be discussed. Analysis of finished components that meet or exceed expected properties, while at the same time taking advantage of revolutionary part design, will be addressed. It is the intent to assist component designers and manufacturing engineers in both alloy selection and specification determination for optimum property results.


Attendee Takeaways

  1. Understanding of powder production
  2. Powder solutions for conventionally processed component performance
  3. Application examples across various alloy systems


Ray DeFrain is a Regional Metallurgist for Carpenter Technology, based in Northwest Indiana. He is responsible for helping customers select and process Iron-, Nickel- and Cobalt-based wrought and powder products, as well as Titanium products, and is intimately involved in next-generation product development with key OEMs.

Claudia Mumau, Manager, Powder Commercialization, has considerable experience with all aspects of powder metallurgy, including powder production and consolidation processes. She has also held technical positions in the superalloy and alloy steel forging businesses.

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