Research & development

Our research and development efforts are focused around developing PowderLife and novel AM metal powders to advance the metal 3D Printing industry.

We reinvest a proportion of our sales revenue into R&D activities, as this forms a substantive part of our business model, dedicated to leading innovation and advancement in Additive Manufacturing technology that is set to play a significant role in the 21st Century.


In partnership with a number of organisations and leading universities in this field Carpenter Additive has embarked on a number of pioneering programmes of collaborative research and project opportunities including;


Hi-StA-Part Project

The ‘High Strength Aluminium Alloy parts by Selective Laser Melting’ (Hi-StA-Part) Clean Sky project aims to demonstrate the viability to produce aerospace grade aluminium parts using Direct Manufacture – specifically the process of Selective Laser Melting.

Carpenter Additive in collaboration with TWI Ltd, will aim to demonstrate that components and parts can be manufactured with a significant weight reduction to the required mechanical properties for aerospace applications. This project will go beyond the state-of-the-art by combining innovative manufacturing technology with advanced design theory unrestricted by current manufacturing limitations. This will offer significant improvements in the cost effectiveness and efficiency of the use of SLM production for High Strength Aluminium Alloy parts.

Funding: Clean Sky
Grant Agreement No: 325931


The University of Liverpool

In partnership with The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, Carpenter Additive has embarked on a pioneering programme of collaborative research and development with the University Of Liverpool School Of Engineering. The centre’s graduate programme designed to give outstanding graduates opportunities within research-intensive growth sectors, allows Carpenter Additive to undertake a focused R&D project centring on ‘Improving selective laser melting methods for reduced materials use.’

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The University of Sheffield

This PHD research into ‘Aerospace design alloys for Selective Laser Melting (SLM)’, funded by Carpenter Additive, will identify and substantiate key response indicators of alloys such as thermal distortion and cracking tendency when processed using SLM. This will assist in identifying aerospace alloys that are more suitable to process using SLM. Material alloy chemistry will be manipulated and designed to control material properties and alter the materials’ alloys designed for alternative manufacturing processes and use superior high performance alloys designed specifically for the SLM manufacturing process.

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Technical library

Information about the standard Additive Manufacturing powders provided by Carpenter Additive.

Case studies

Research undertaken into how powders and machine parameters can affect final build and environmental effects on powder composition.


Our brochures provide an overview of Additive Manufacturing powders and services from Carpenter Additive, download them here.

Powder production

An explanation of common powder production methods and their main advantages and disadvantages.