Metal powders are widely used within net-shape and additive manufacturing (NS&AM) processes for sectors such as aerospace and automotive. As metal powders are primarily produced in Sweden and the USA, a UK based supply chain is needed to service growing market demand.
Liberty Speciality Steels (LSS), an experienced manufacturer of highly engineered steels, decided to expand its capabilities into steel and nickel powder production and sought the MTC’s support to achieve this ambition.
Through the CASCADE programme, LSS and the MTC have worked collaboratively with seven other partners to develop a range of technologies across the metal powder supply chain.
Supported by Finance Birmingham via an AMSCI fund, CASCADE has enabled LSS to establish its first powder production facility, which currently has the capacity to take new orders for delivery in June – July 2020.
The MTC has supported LSS in developing powders by providing access to world-leading capabilities, including state-of-the-art powder characterisation labs, industrial-scale hot-isostatic pressing (HIP) and metal injection moulding (MIM) facilities.