As Formnext begins today, a wide array of new hardware, software, and materials have already been announced before the show opened its doors to almost 30,000 visitors this year in Frankfurt. Along with innovation, however, numerous companies are issuing statements regarding partnerships. Now, Cooksongold (headquartered in the UK, and part of the Heimerle + Meule Group) is announcing a collaboration with Poland’s 3D LAB sp. z.o.o. at the event, running from November 19-22.
The work of Cooksongold and 3D LAB is centered around the AtoNoble, a device that the partners say will expand parameter development significantly, as well as revolutionizing powder with ultrasonic plasma atomization, a patented process that melts precious metals into powder form.
While powder atomizers are not exactly a new idea, historically they have always been large and unwieldy, as well as using an enormous amount of raw product. The AtoNoble, however, has been designed to measure 1995mm x 813mm x 1138mm, and uses much less product which gives you less upfront cost, less development cost and results in less waste.
“It’s also able to use much smaller quantities of raw material, in this case, metal rods or wire that feed into the machine to create the atomized powder,” states the Cooksongold team in their latest press release.
Building on the foundation created by the AtoOne, the new machine is meant to be used with metals like gold, silver, and platinum—in applications that require precious metals in density, along with others like:
“We are excited to announce this partnership with 3D Lab sp. z.o.o. We are confident that this revolutionary technology will have a major impact within the whole precious metal additive manufacturing market,” said Martin Bach, Managing Director of Cooksongold. “Powder quality and costs are key drivers in this field this technology will offer considerable advantages.”
The partnership is a complementary one as both companies)es bring their own skills and resources to the development project. Cooksongold has also been involved in numerous other unique projects, including partnerships with other industry leaders like EOS, and jewelers like Boltenstern.
“We’re pleased to start our collaboration with Cooksongold in the production of precious metal powders,” said Jakub Rozpendowski, Business Executive of 3D LAB. “Their expert knowledge combined with our novel ultrasonic atomization technology has a great potential to make ATO Noble an important solution for new metal material development by reducing the time to market for new, innovative products.”
If you are interested in finding out more about their R&D plans, check out their booth at Formnext at Hall 11.1, stand B71. You can also check out the 3D LAB sp. z o.o. booth at Hall 11.0, stand D69.
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