In response to sourcing challenges in the advanced manufacturing industry, KBM Advanced Materials, LLC (“KBM”) is announcing the availability of NASA standard GRCop-42 copper-alloy. This unique alloy, made from copper, niobium and chromium is perfectly suited for space and hypersonic applications due to its high heat transfer and increased strength versus pure copper.
As a distributor of metal powders for the 3D printing and advanced manufacturing industry, KBM sources specialty powders for customers from multiple suppliers. Noticing the significant challenge to source GRCop-42, the company took on the task to develop its own reliable powder supply. KBM has formed a unique technical and production partnership through which a new, stable, repeatable process was developed for this specialty alloy. Taking over 9 months to perfect, this process and production relationship ensures customers will have reliable access to GRCop-42 for their own production needs.
KBM CEO Kevin Kemper is confident “RocketPowder” will fill a need in the marketplace, “Our customers were continually asking for GRCop-42, to the point that we said if we can’t source it, we’ll find a partner and invest in developing a production process ourselves. This wasn’t an easy task as meeting specifications was a challenge, but we are confident we have a repeatable and reliable process, and the right production partner, to provide quality powder for the highly critical needs of our space and hypersonic customers.”
The company expects to deliver multiple tons of RocketPowder per month, which will be processed, tested and packaged in Ohio, providing easy distribution for customers across the U.S. By taking final processing in-house, KBM is creating a traceable, domestic, supply chain of GRCop-42. This alloy has already been shipped to a major advanced manufacturing OEM who is currently qualifying the powder.
RocketPowder will officially launch at RAPID in Chicago. Visit KBM at Booth 3593 to learn how to order this highly sought after product.