Keith Murray, MEng, MBA


Vice President and Head of Global Sales, Sandvik Additive Manufacturing


The Material Difference: Optimized materials for industrialized Additive Manufacturing


With 157 years of leading expertise in materials technology – and more than 40 years’ experience from powder atomization, Sandvik has the widest alloy program for Additive Manufacturing (AM). In the end of October last year, a state-of-the-art titanium powder plant was also inaugurated in Sandviken, to meet the growing demand for these alloys. As Metal Additive Manufacturing evolves from prototyping to series part production several technical challenges need to be resolved to accelerate adoption of the technology across a wider range of markets. A number of these challenges lie in the field of materials and include:

  • Selection of the most appropriate alloy for the application
  • Optimization of the alloy design to deliver the required material properties for the chosen AM technology
  • Refinement of the powder’s physical properties to ensure predictable and consistent behaviour both throughout the build process as well we over multiple build cycles

This presentation will examine all these aspects of AM materials in relation to both Powder Bed fusion and Binder Jetting processes. Recent developments and results will also be shared.
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Keith Murray received his Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 1995 and more recently has received an MBA from the University of Warwick. With over 20 years’ experience in the metals industry in a range of technical, sales and business development roles, Keith entered the world of additive manufacturing already in 2007, when he joined the team at Sandvik working with metal powders. As a world leading manufacturer of gas atomized metal powders, Sandvik has been involved in the additive manufacturing industry since its inception. During Keith’s career with Sandvik, he has got extensive experience from developing, in collaboration with customers, a diverse range of alloy systems for additive manufacturing applications across a range of industry segments including aerospace, automotive, dental and general engineering. He is also on the organizing committee of the European Additive Manufacturing Group (EuroAM). Launched by the European Powder Metallurgy Association in 2013, the goals of the EuroAM are to increase awareness of metal based Additive Manufacturing and to promote the benefits of technology throughout industries globally.

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