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TKF costs significantly less than traditional manufacturing methods for the following reasons:
Our compact cold spray systems cost considerably less than traditional repair and resurfacing methods for the following reasons:
We’ve achieved typical density rates of 90-95% and over 99% when enhanced by post-processing.
If needed, it’s also possible to create less dense, more porous coatings for grip, abrasion, chemical processing and more through process optimisation, powder manipulation, and post-processing parameters.
Generally, you can achieve mechanical properties similar to casting and forging. While some parts may need to be processed with a heat treatment to make them more ductile, we can tailor process variables to meet your specific needs – a clear advantage compared to other methods.
It depends on what parts you need, as well as the mechanical properties the application requires. However, generally parts created with TKF will need some post-processing heat treatment.
Cold spray doesn’t require heat to melt the materials being sprayed. This is different to traditional metal spraying methods like welding or thermal spraying, which use heat to melt the material before it’s applied to a surface.
Instead, a high-pressure gas is used to accelerate tiny metal particles (which are usually less than 50 micrometres in size) to supersonic speeds. This creates heat through kinetic energy, when the particles collide with the surface of the object being sprayed.
Cold spray works by exploiting the kinetic energy of tiny metal particles. Low-to-high pressure gas is used to accelerate the particles (which are usually less than 50 micrometres in size) to supersonic speeds. These are then sprayed onto a surface where they compress and deform to create a cohesive bond.
This results in a strong, dense coating that can be used for a variety of applications – such as repairing damaged parts, improving the surface properties of a material, or creating new, complex shapes.
There are many metals that can be used in our cold spray systems. This includes aluminium, copper, nickel, titanium, stainless steel, Inconel, and more.
Since these all have different characteristics – such as strength, ductility, and resistance to corrosion – the chosen metals will depend on the application, as well as the properties needed for the final product.
Some metals may also be easier or more difficult to cold spray, depending on their melting point, ductility, and other factors.
What makes TKF so beneficial is that it can fuse dissimilar metals together. This means you can leverage the strengths of multiple metals in a single, monocoque part. For instance, you can fuse copper to titanium, nickel to cast iron, and much more.
Cold spray can be used on a variety of surfaces. This includes metals, ceramics, plastics, and composites.
The process is particularly useful for repairing worn or damaged metal parts, as it can restore the surface to its original shape and properties without causing distortion or weakening the material.
Our cold spray systems can also be used to add new features or properties to a surface, such as improved wear resistance, corrosion resistance, or thermal properties.
You can even use it to create new shapes or structures that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with traditional manufacturing methods.
With ongoing supply shortages and rising costs, keeping production lines running without interruption is becoming a bigger and more costly challenge for many manufacturing leaders.
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