Powder metallurgy has been a pivotal force in the progression of materials technology, tracing its roots back to 3000 BC when the Egyptians utilized the technique to fashion gold jewelry. In more recent times, this method has been adapted for modern applications, specifically within the realm of Additive Manufacturing. Today, we’re witnessing the renaissance of a well-known yet surprisingly underutilized metal in this industry: copper.
Copper, with its distinguished thermal and electrical conductivity properties, is proving to be a game-changer in the Additive Manufacturing industry. High-purity copper (99.9%) presents significant benefits, namely its excellent thermal and electrical conductivity, and inherent ductility and malleability. Yet, its full potential has been previously unexplored due to challenges related to its high melting point and thermal conductivity that made it difficult to print. Now, with advanced Additive Manufacturing techniques, we’re overcoming these challenges and bringing copper into the spotlight.
In the industry sectors that 3DEO serves—ranging from aerospace, electronic products, and industrial equipment to medical devices, transportation, and power generation—high-purity copper has found a variety of critical applications. Due to its thermal properties, copper is ideal for heat exchangers, cooling elements, and heat sinks, particularly in electronics and power generation. Copper’s excellent electrical conductivity makes it well-suited for applications like busbars and electrical connectors. In the realm of medical devices, the antimicrobial properties of copper are leveraged for applications such as touch surfaces.
A closer look at copper reveals its malleability, which is crucial in applications where the material needs to be extensively deformed without fracturing. Its ductility enhances its formability, making it a preferred choice for applications requiring complex geometries and intricate designs. And for a metal used in electronic and power generation applications, copper’s corrosion resistance ensures longevity and durability.
As we delve deeper into the future of Additive Manufacturing, the versatility of high-purity copper becomes even more compelling. It’s a critical component in the growing fields of electric vehicles and renewable energy, both of which heavily rely on copper for efficient heat and electrical energy transfer.
3DEO’s commitment to developing high-purity copper for Additive Manufacturing positions us as an innovative leader in this expanding market. We’re enabling industries to unlock the untapped potential of copper, enhancing their ability to create superior products that drive efficiency and sustainability.
At 3DEO, we’re not just following trends in additive manufacturing—we’re setting them. By leveraging high-purity copper in our processes, we’re creating an avenue for industries to truly harness copper’s inherent thermal, electrical, and mechanical advantages. From manufacturing high-performance heat sinks to producing efficient electrical connectors, we’re facilitating real-world improvements across sectors.
Want to explore how our high-purity copper can boost the performance and efficiency of your products? Connect with our team today.