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AMGTA Releases Process to Safely Transport and Recycle Waste Metal Powder Condensate

HOLLYWOOD, Florida–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA), a global trade organization established to promote the environmental benefits of additive manufacturing (AM), today announced that it has released a report outlining the passivation requirements of metal condensate waste for transport and recycling . The new process, which was developed by AMGTA member Sintavia and KBM Advanced Materials, involves mixing waste powder condensate with a removable resin, making the waste non-hazardous and shippable to a recycling plant. .

“Today’s report is essential reading for any company involved in laser powder bed fusion metal additive manufacturing,” said Sherri Monroe, Executive Director of AMGTA. “Not only does this new process reduce transportation costs, it is also reversible, meaning metal recyclers can have unsullied access to the underlying powder once it is received, which recycles waste that previously had to be put in a hazardous waste landfill.

“I hope other companies will adopt this new process as it will reduce their transportation costs since the underlying material is no longer hazardous,” said Brian Neff, Chairman of the AMGTA Board of Directors and Sintavia CEO. “This report is a great example of AMGTA’s leadership role in developing sustainable use practices for additive manufacturing.”

Metal condensate, which is the term used for the excess soot and powder that is expelled from a build plate during the powder bed fusion additive manufacturing process, was previously treated as a hazardous material and disposed of as such at very high cost.

The full report is available here https://amgta.org/resources/.

About the AMGTA

The AMGTA was launched in November 2019 to promote the environmental benefits of additive manufacturing (AM) over traditional manufacturing methods. The AMGTA is a non-commercial, unaffiliated organization open to any additive manufacturer or industry player who meets certain criteria relating to production or process sustainability. For more information, please contact Sherri Monroe at +1 954.308.0888, or visit www.amgta.org.