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Applications of 3D-Printed Porous Metal

Metal 3D printing, or additive manufacturing (AM), is a process that deposits metal in layers to create a three-dimensional object. This method of manufacturing starts with a metal substrates and builds up the item one layer at a time. This contrasts with traditional manufacturing methods, which subtract materials from larger forms or ingots. Additive manufacturing allows for improved flexibility in design with new possibilities for creating complex shapes and objects with intricate internal structures.

The various products created through 3D printing with metals are already vital to many industries. AM parts typically offer significant improvements during operation over similar products created through traditional manufacturing methods, whether it be lighter weight, increased strength, or improved performance. Therefore, almost any industry can benefit by evaluating the options they have to switch to products created with a metal 3D printer.

Chromatography Components

Chromatography involves separating a mixture by passing it through a suspension or solution or as a vapor through a medium where the different components will travel at various rates. There are many types of chromatography, therefore, these products have relevance across a number of industries, including pharmaceutical, food and healthcare. Because Mott Corporation has developed technology that allows for lower detection limits and reduction of baseline noise, our chromatography components are involved in keeping food safe for consumption, medication discovery, and monitoring environmental elements.

Flow Restrictors

There are many applications where an easily controlled flow of gas or liquid is vital for success. Flow restrictors provide consistent, laminar flow regardless of the process conditions. There are a wide range of products across various industries that benefit from flow restrictors, including liquid drug delivery tools and anesthesia, semiconductor tools, satellite ion propulsion systems, and firefighter air packs.

Our flow restrictors offer an advantage over traditionally crafted products because they will not exhibit turbulent flow issues or develop clogs. They are designed to improve flow without affecting flow velocity or accuracy, as well as to minimize friction and maximize the life of the restrictor.


Spargers are used to introduce gases into liquids by way of thousands of tiny pores. They produce smaller and more numerous bubbles than other sparging methods, resulting in more efficient diffusion of gases like carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and oxygen. Our inline, non-intrusive spargers are used in the biotech, chemical, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries because they can more efficiently create bubbles without affecting inline flow rates. These spargers can improve the transfer of gases into liquids by potentially up to 400%. This enables faster development cycles and can save on energy consumption and amount of process gases required.

Flame Arrestors

To prevent a larger fire or explosion, flame arrestors are fitted to connecting pipework or other enclosure openings to stop the propagation of flames. This can help mitigate the risk of a severe fire or explosion in an area with combustible gases or other flammable objects. They have relevance in a range of industries, including welding, fuel pipeline, and aerospace. When these products are designed well and installed correctly, they can prevent catastrophic loss of life and property damage. We developed our flame arrestors to meet many different safety standards, including internationally recognized manufacturing standards such as ATEX.

Porous Metal Solutions from Mott Corp

For over 60 years, Mott Corp has boasted a proud history of developing and manufacturing products used by the most demanding of customers, including Samsung, NASA, and Medtronic. We have been a trusted provider of high-quality porous metal products and we engineer the best fluid flow products and filters offered across all markets in nearly 100 countries. Our products are found in a variety of industries, including but not limited to:

  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Aerospace
  • First response and safety
  • Food and beverage
  • Power generation

Because our designs are used in many different industries, we can combine this varied knowledge with cutting-edge technology, such as 3D printing, to develop custom products with unquestionable integrity and ironclad reliability. Our solutions are full-service and custom-designed to ensure our customers’ needs are always met. We established a Customer Innovation Center with the latest lab equipment and newest technologies to help businesses, from Fortune 500 companies to startups alike, create what does not yet exist because innovation is an integral part of our company mission. Regardless of your specific industry or need, Mott Corporation is ready to help you find the solution within your business.