Diving into the world of aluminum powders, powder bed fusion technology for metal additive manufacturing reveals an evolving landscape where the limits of engineering and design are constantly pushed further. This journey into advanced manufacturing technologies shows us a future where innovative materials and processes redefine what's possible, blending the realms of aluminum alloys and their powdered forms with the precision and versatility of powder bed fusion in metal additive manufacturing. This integration not only expands the boundaries of what we can create but also how we think about the fabrication of components across industries.
Aluminum, known for its lightweight yet strong characteristics, finds a new dimension of application when processed through powder bed fusion technology. This advanced method of metal additive manufacturing enables the creation of parts that were once deemed impossible.

Advantages of Working with Aluminum Alloys via Powder Bed Fusion

Enhanced Material Properties

Processing aluminum alloys with laser powder bed fusion enhances their mechanical properties such as strength, hardness, and thermal conductivity. It also improves electrical conductivity and corrosion resistance, making these materials ideal for high-performance applications.


Complex Geometries and Detailed Designs

The technology allows for the production of complex shapes and intricate details with high precision, which are difficult to achieve through traditional manufacturing methods.

Efficiency and Sustainability

Powder bed fusion offers reduced material waste and energy consumption compared to conventional manufacturing processes, aligning with the goals of sustainability and efficiency in production.

Main Aluminum Alloys Processable with Prima Additive Systems

Prima Additive's machines are capable of processing a range of aluminum alloys, including but not limited to:

  •  AlSi10Mg: Known for its good strength, hardness, and thermal properties, making it suitable for a wide range of applications.

Beyond the Basics

While AlSi10Mg is a popular choice, it's important to note that this is just a starting point. Prima Additive's machines are designed with open parameters, allowing them to work with any type of material made by any manufacturer. This flexibility ensures that users are not limited to specific alloys and can explore a wider range of materials to find the one that best fits their application needs.

By embracing the capabilities of powder bed fusion and the versatility of aluminum alloys, Prima Additive is at the forefront of the development of metal additive manufacturing. The materials mentioned are indicative of the most commonly used alloys in metal additive manufacturing. However, we have experience on a wide range of materials and can provide you with support in developing the alloy that best suits your needs, to allow you to make the most of this technology.

Application examples

Engine Tank Aerospace Metal Additive Manufacturing




Build time

28 hours for 1 unit
Up to 36 hours for 2 units

Layer thickness

30 μm
Time reduction of 40% with 60 μm



Part dimension (X-Y-Z)  

107 x 153 x 155 mm


Parts in aluminum alloys made with additive manufacturing internal channels




Build time

20 hours for 1 unit

Layer thickness

30 μm



Part dimension (X-Y-Z)  

142 x 102 x 15 mm
Internal channels diameters: 0.8-1.5 mm


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