ATO technology operates by employing ultrasonic vibrations to disintegrate molten metal into tiny droplets. These droplets promptly solidify under an inert gas-protective atmosphere to form metal powder. The resultant particle size of the metal powder is dependent on the frequency of the ultrasonic vibrations, with higher frequencies generating smaller particles and lower frequencies yielding larger ones. Notably, the system accommodates various forms of input material such as wires, rods, pellets, granulates, and scraps.
Multistation, an established provider of manufacturing services and systems, is set to act as a distributor for two of 3D Lab’s machines in France, namely the ATO Lab Plus and ATO Noble. The key selling points of these machines include their compact size suitability for laboratories, the capability to produce small batches, and an affordable price point.
Founded in 1987, Multistation offers a comprehensive portfolio of machine tools, machines for composites industrialization, and a full range of metal, non-metal, and composites additive manufacturing machines. It caters to several industries, including automotive, aerospace, railway, energy, medical, subcontractor, education, and R&D. Their client roster comprises major corporations such as Renault, Peugeot, Safran, Airbus, SNCF, and Cartier, spanning France, North Africa, and various other countries worldwide. In addition to new machines, Multistation Second Life also offers secondhand machines.
3D Lab has an impressive sales track record, with more than 60 machines sold globally for both academic and industrial applications. Noteworthy clients include TECHNION, University of Brno, University of Maribor, ETH, CEA, Mitsubishi, and Panasonic. The partnership with Multistation is set to increase these sales figures, with Multistation undertaking the distribution of 3D Lab’s machines in France.
3D Lab is a leading innovator in the production of highly spherical metallic powders, utilizing their pioneering ATO atomizers in a ground-breaking process applicable for universities, research departments, service bureaus, and now also industrial users.Since its inception in 2007, 3D Lab has accumulated over 15 years of expertise in additive manufacturing technologies, with a particular focus on new material creation. Their collaborative ventures with renowned 3D printer manufacturers such as 3D Systems, Coherent, and 2OneLab, coupled with their investment in R&D, have resulted in the development and patenting of the ultrasonic atomization process.