Additive manufacturing

What is Additive Manufacturing?

Additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing, constructs objects layer by layer from digital designs. This method enables the creation of complex and customized geometries with minimal material waste, accelerating the shift from prototyping to full-scale production. It is becoming increasingly important across industries like aerospace, automotive, healthcare, and consumer goods due to its cost efficiency, innovative potential, and ability to streamline supply chains.

What are 3D printing powders?

3D printing powders are raw materials used in additive manufacturing, tailored for specific applications. Common powders include thermoplastics like ABS and PLA, ideal for prototyping and consumer products. Metal powders such as titanium, stainless steel, and aluminum are used for durable, high-strength parts in aerospace and automotive sectors. Additionally, photopolymers are used for detailed and smooth finishes in fields like dentistry and jewelry. Advanced composites and biocompatible materials are expanding the range of applications, demonstrating the sector's versatility and growing importance.

Screw lid drum for 3D printing powders

High performance packaging for 3D printing powders

CurTec is well-versed in providing high performance packaging solutions to the metal powders industry. For many years, screw lid drums have been used as bulk packaging for various precious metals due to their protective properties. Today, these screw lid drums and containers continue to act as high-quality mini vaults for metal powders and other advanced materials for 3D printing, offering cleanliness, safety, and certification that meet the industry's stringent requirements.

Why do customers buy drums for 3D printing powders?

First of all, to maintain good flowability: Metal powders typically require ultra-small particle sizes to ensure good flowability and prevent clogging, allowing the printing process to run smoothly. CurTec's screw-top drums with rubber gaskets provide an airtight seal and ultra-low moisture vapor transmission, which prevents powders from escaping and maintains flowability.

Packo pot for 3D printing powders

Secondly, to safely ship dense, heavy quantities: High and consistent packing density is crucial for superior production properties, minimizing flaws and ensuring consistent quality. High-density metal powders demand robust packaging to contain compact, heavy loads and protect against compression and impact during storage and transport.

Signature features

CurTec’s robust plastic drums are moisture vapor tight and offer superior protection against impact throughout the supply chain. Other signature features include:

  • Screw lids enabling safe and controlled opening and closing
  • Wide range of capacities from 300 ml up to 150 liters
  • UN certifications with relatively high gross mass
  • Tamper evident sealing options
  • Lightweight and recyclable plastics

Sustainable packaging for additive manufacturing (3d printing powders)

CurTec packs have been carefully designed and manufactured and are especially suitable for multiple use. The decision to use a CurTec container more than once is a responsible and sustainable choice. You can also increase the sustainability of your product and supply chain by choosing drums made of recycled plastic.

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