The NanoSteel® Company, a leader in nano-structured steel materials design, today announced the introduction of a portfolio of ferrous powders designed to extend steel's capabilities in near net shape wear parts for highly abrasive environments.
These new alloys feature hardnesses in excess of 1400 HV, wear resistances well below 10mm3 volume loss (ASTM G-65) and spherical morphology that results in excellent packing factors and flowability important for producing high density parts under tight dimensional control. This family of new powders enables the production of extreme hardness wear parts through a wide variety of consolidation processes including additive manufacturing without the need for subsequent heat treatment.
In a recent trial of a die insert application, the NanoSteel material out-performed the tool steel AISI A11 by 6x after withstanding the significant abrasive forces imparted during the consolidation of a ceramic powder all while maintaining a mirror surface finish. The significantly longer life cycle of the die insert part increases operational efficiencies demonstrating that the company's material is ideal for applications which require higher wear resistance than current tool steels.
"Our new portfolio expands the applicability of ferrous powders for consolidated parts into extreme wear environments" said Harald Lemke, vice president and general manager of engineered powders. "Additionally, early production trials demonstrate that the nanostructure of the alloys provides compaction capability for more complex geometries while keeping cycle times down to minutes. This performance greatly improves the economics of producing wear parts." For more information on NanoSteel powders for consolidated parts, visit http://nanosteelco.com/products/engineered-powders.
NanoSteel is the world leader in proprietary nano-structured steel material designs. Over its twelve-year history, NanoSteel has created progressive generations of iron-based alloys from surface coatings to foils to powder metals and sheet steel. For the oil & gas, mining and power industries, NanoSteel has successfully introduced commercial applications of metallic coatings to prolong service lifetime in the most extreme industrial environments. For the automotive industry, NanoSteel has achieved a significant breakthrough in the development of nano-structured sheet steel with exceptional strength and ductility. NanoSteel is a privately held company funded by lead shareholders EnerTech and Fairhaven Capital. For more information, visit www.nanosteelco.com or follow us on Twitter @NanoSteelCo.