I am interested on feedback on this issue from the community:
Cobalt powder, used heavily in maraging powders for additive manufacturing (AM) applications, since 2020 been reclassified within the European Union. This has far-reaching impact on powder manufacturers and users. My company has powder production facilities in Europe and AM production capabilities there and throughout the world, and we recommend the use of maraging steels in our customer's applications, amongst other alloy types. We have actually removed one of our maraging grades from the market, largely because of this reclassification.
This is what I have learned briefly about this matter:
As most maraging steel powders that are used for additive manufacturing contain cobalt, including the widely used 1.2709, these powders will be affected by these new regulations, making production more complicated and expensive.
I would be interested in knowing what others may understand about this situation or how it may affect them.
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