6K Additive, the Pittsburgh-based manufacturer of metal powders for additive manufacturing (AM), has acquired Global Metal Powders (GMP), a supplier of metal powders based in the Pittsburgh suburb of New Castle, PA. The cost of the acquisition was undisclosed.
With its signature UniMelt process, 6K Additive has the unique ability to produce metal AM powders from scrap, enabling circular economies and optimizing the potential to leverage metal AM for decarbonization. The acquisition of GMP makes sense from multiple angles: in addition to the proximity of its production facility to 6K Additive’s headquarters, GMP also has its own proprietary recycling process, allowing 6K to diversify the ways in which it can deliver on its core business model.
Along those lines, the overlap between both companies’ respective materials portfolios further reinforces the rationale behind the deal. GMP’s existing 16,000 square foot production facility in New Castle will continue to operate under the 6K umbrella.
Given that GMP’s expertise also lies in refractory metals, the deal should be a boon to 6K’s growing foothold into the defense, aerospace, and space markets.
One potential application is in space 3D printing. On November 16, 2023, at 2 PM Eastern, 6K Additive and Agile Space are co-presenting a webinar on 3DPrint.com about the use of 6K’s Ni625 (also known as Inconel 625) powder for Agile’s A2200 engine. The A2200 will be used on a Lunar lander vehicle. Agile’s Chief Engineer, Charlie Garcia, and its AM Engineer, Dustin Crouse Sr., will join 6K Additive’s Chief Commercial Officer, Nick Pflugh, to explain why Ni625 was the right material for the A2200. Individuals interested in participating in the webinar can register here.
Regardless of the particular application, moreover, refractory metals in general are at the center of much of the US government’s activity related to AM materials qualification. This seems to at least partially explain the recent five-year contract that the US Army Development Command (DEVCOM) awarded to 6K Additive.
Adding GMP’s capacity bolsters 6K’s ability to follow through on these existing projects, while also putting the company in perfect position to attract more business of a similar kind. It’s looking like it will already be difficult for other areas of the US to catch up with the progress Pittsburgh is making in transforming itself into an advanced manufacturing hub for metal products.
Images courtesy of 6K Additive
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Stay up-to-date on all the latest news from the 3D printing industry and receive information and offers from third party vendors.
You May Also Like
3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: December 3, 2023
We’ve got plenty of events and webinars coming up for you this week! Quickparts is having a Manufacturing Roadshow, America Makes is holding a Member Town Hall, Stratafest makes two...
Half of Hyundai’s Singapore Innovation Center Is Run by Robots
Hyundai (KRX: 005380) has just inaugurated the Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center Singapore (HMGICS), a groundbreaking facility set to transform the landscape of electric vehicle (EV) production. Equipped with AI,...
3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: November 26, 2023
Things are getting busy again in terms of 3D printing webinars and events! This week is the RSNA annual meeting, the World Manufacturing Forum, and more. HP is holding an...
3D Printing News Briefs, November 18, 2023: Depowdering, Jewelry Patterns, & More
We’re kicking off 3D Printing News Briefs with a little business today, as Horizon Microtechnologies invested in a micro AM platform from Boston Micro Fabrication, and Rivelin Robotics announced a...
Upload your 3D Models and get them printed quickly and efficiently.