Russia's insistence on paying for Russian gas in rubles has rattled European countries: Greece held an emergency meeting of suppliers, the Dutch government would urge consumers to use less gas, and the French energy regulator told consumers not to panic. Russian gas meets one-third of Europe's annual energy needs.
Russia said they could expand their demand for ruble payments for other commodities, including oil, grain, fertilizer, coal, and metals, which raised the risk of recession in Europe and the US.
Moscow is expected to unveil its ruble payment plan in early April, but it said it would not immediately ask buyers to pay for gas in rubles.
Western countries have said paying in rubles would be a breach of contract, and renegotiation could take months or longer. This uncertainty has pushed commodity market prices higher.
The supply and prices of other commodities like the Nitinol Powder could also be affected.
What is metal 3D printing?
Metal 3D printing is a 3D printing technology that uses metal powder to directly print metal parts, also known as metal powder sintering (SLM). In addition to good plasticity, 3D printing metal powder must also meet the requirements of fine powder particle size and high particle size distribution. Narrow, high sphericity, good fluidity and high bulk density requirements. Currently, the metal powders used in most 3D printers include stainless steel, aluminum alloys, cobalt-chromium alloys, copper alloys, titanium alloys and nickel alloys. Iron-based alloys are engineering The most important and most used metal material in technology is mostly used for the forming of complex structures, and is widely used in aerospace, automobile, shipbuilding, machinery manufacturing and other industries.
3D Metal Printing Materials
Nickel alloy powder
The oxidation resistance and corrosion resistance of nickel alloy make it suitable for the harsh environment of high temperature and high pressure. When the nickel alloy is heated, a thick and stable oxide layer will be passivated on the surface of the alloy to protect the inside of the alloy from corrosion. Good mechanical properties are maintained over a wide temperature range.
Cobalt-chromium alloy powder
Because of its excellent wear resistance and corrosion resistance, cobalt-chromium alloy powder for metal 3D printing is commonly used to print various artificial joints and orthopaedic implants, and it is also used in the field of dentistry.
Titanium alloy powder
It is widely used in the aerospace field. Using the advantages of 3D printing to help optimize product design, such as replacing the original solid body with a complex and reasonable structure, the finished product has lower weight and better mechanical properties. This can not only reduce costs, but also Lightweight production of each component can be achieved.
Copper alloy powder
With excellent thermal and electrical conductivity, copper with excellent thermal conductivity in thermal management applications can be combined with design freedom to produce complex internal structures and conformal cooling channels.
Stainless steel powder
Relatively cheap metal printing materials, cost-effective, good corrosion resistance, high strength, can quickly and efficiently manufacture small batches of complex industrial parts.
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The Nitinol Powder industry has experienced demand expectations driven by the rise and the off-season tired stock driven by the seasonal decline in two rounds of the market. Affected by the COVID-19 epidemic and other factors, inventories of manufacturers continue to accumulate, putting pressure on market sentiment. In addition to off-season factors, the weak trend of Nitinol Powder also reflects the market's concern about the epidemic and some other related enterprises' financial situation.
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