Additive Manufacturing Metal Powders

Derived from sustainable sources

  • by 6K Inc.
  • December 10, 2019
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  • Rocket Nozzle Printed by Castheon made with 6K Powder Derived From Sustainable Sources
    Rocket Nozzle Printed by Castheon made with 6K Powder Derived From Sustainable Sources
  • SEM Microscopic image of 6K sustainable powders depicting high sphericity and no satellites
    SEM Microscopic image of 6K sustainable powders depicting high sphericity and no satellites
  • 6K’s UniMelt® microwave plasma platform produces best-in-class additive manufacturing powders
    6K’s UniMelt® microwave plasma platform produces best-in-class additive manufacturing powders

The first metal powders for additive manufacturing derived from sustainable sources are made by 6K. This first-of-its-kind process has the unique ability to convert certified chemistry machined millings, turnings and other recycled feedstock sources into premium AM-ready metal powder. The 6k’s process technology can produce premium powder from certified machining turnings and previously used powders, and in the future further extend its capability to feedstock created from AM support structures, non-conforming AM parts post-print, and other inputs.


The goal: use 100% of the materials that enter the supply chain, providing AM end-users a new way to manage project costs and control supply chain


The powder products are made of the combination of two core technologies. On the one hand, 6K alloy reclaimation technology can reclaim metals and alloys from subtractive manufacturing and other operations. On the other hand, 6K UniMelt plasma system refers to the microwave production scale plasma, with a highly uniform and precise plasma zone with zero contamination, and capable of high throughput production of advanced battery powders, phosphors, AM materials, and more.

Graduated in political sciences and international relations in Paris, Anis joined the team in early 2019. Editor for IEN Europe and the new digital magazine AI IEN, he is a new tech enthusiast. Also passionate about sports, music, cultures and languages. 

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