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Federal and defense

The federal and defense industries cover a wide range of government agencies and departments, including military, national security, and law enforcement. These agencies have specific requirements for materials and technologies to ensure the safety and effectiveness of their operations.

Why Powders?

Metal powders are widely used in the federal and defense industries for a variety of applications, including additive manufacturing, coatings, and high-performance materials. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is becoming increasingly important for producing complex parts with precise geometries that can be difficult to achieve using traditional manufacturing techniques. Metal powders are used as a raw material for 3D printing to produce high-performance components with reduced weight, increased strength and improved durability. In addition, metal powders are used to create coatings that protect against corrosion, wear and erosion, which are critical in harsh environments such as those found in defense applications. 

ATO ultrasonic metal power atomizers produce high-quality metal powders with superior flowability, low oxygen content and narrow particle size distribution, making them ideal for additive manufacturing and coating applications in the federal and defense industries. The high flowability of ATO metal powders allows them to be used in high-speed printing processes, ensuring fast and reliable production of complex components. The low oxygen content of the powders is critical in defense applications where the presence of oxygen can lead to premature component failure. The narrow particle size distribution of ATO metal powders ensures uniform deposition in coating applications, resulting in high-quality, durable coatings. 

The federal and defense industries use a wide range of alloys, including high-strength steels, titanium alloys, aluminum alloys, nickel alloys, and cobalt-chromium alloys. These alloys are selected for their unique properties, such as high strength, corrosion resistance and biocompatibility, which are critical for applications as diverse as armor, missile components, aircraft engines and biomedical implants. 

Examples of Metal powder applications
in Federal and defense industry


Metal powders are used to create composite body armor materials that must have high strength, low weight, and ballistic penetration resistance.

Missile components

Complex missile components requiring high strength, corrosion resistance, and dimensional stability are produced using metal powders.


Ammunition components like casings, bullets, and other parts of the ammunition are made using metal powders like lead and brass.

Aircraft engines

Metal powders are used to produce lightweight, high-strength components for aircraft engines, which require high-temperature resistance, corrosion resistance, and dimensional stability.


Aluminum and titanium metal powders are used in the manufacture of satellites. The frame and solar panels, as well as other structural elements of the satellites, are made using these powders.

Communication equipment

Communication equipment is made using metal powders like copper and gold. Circuit boards and other parts of the equipment are made with the help of these powders.

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