3D Lab granted patent for ATO ultrasonic metal atomisation technology

March 29, 2023

3D Lab’s ATO ultrasonic metal atomisation method has been granted a patent (Courtesy 3D Lab)
3D Lab’s ATO ultrasonic metal atomisation method has been granted a patent (Courtesy 3D Lab)

3D Lab sp. z.o.o., based in Warsaw, Poland, has announced that its ATO metal atomisation method has been granted a patent. The company’s ATO atomiser creates spherical metal powders using an ultrasonic vibration technique, rather than the more-common gas or water atomisation methods.

The ATO device includes infusible sonotrode with a melting tip, material melting system, input material delivery system, process chamber and piezoelectric transducer. It is designed to ensure the input material is heated to its melting point, atomised, and converted into spherical powder particles. Moreover, it includes a mechanism for controlling the atomisation process and for collecting the spherical powder particles.

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“We want to take a moment to recognise and thank everyone involved in this achievement. It is through your dedication, hard work, and perseverance that we have been able to bring this innovation to life,” the company stated.

Due to the development of ATO, 3D Lab has been able to expands its activities in the area of novel metal powder technologies, and the patent will allow the company to successfully defend the invention in regional markets.


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3D Lab’s ATO ultrasonic metal atomisation method has been granted a patent (Courtesy 3D Lab)

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