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Canadian plasma torch developer and manufacturer PyroGenesis has announced the completion of an additive manufacturing metal powder production facility.
Fitted with state of the art equipment, the factory is the next step in the company’s “industrialization plan” for continuous, round-the-clock materials manufacturing led by industry demand.
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“We are very excited about having completed this milestone,” comments Massimo Dattilo, Vice President of PyroGenesis Additive, “It puts PyroGenesis squarely on the map as a quality supplier of Ti-6Al-4V powder for the AM industry.”
3D printed object made using PyroGenesis’ plasma atomized powders. Photo via PyroGenesis.
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Nominated for “Material company of the year” in this 2018 3D Printing Industry Awards, PyroGenesis is credited with inventing the Plasma Atomization process for producing spherical metal powders. Refined for producing powder bed fusion (PBF) quality materials, PyroGenesis’ process cuts the amount of waste created in the process and reduces associated costs.
As mentioned by Dattilo, the recently-completed facility focuses on the production of plasma atomized Ti-6Al-4V – a titanium alloy suited to aerospace and biomedical applications. It is ISO 9001:2015 quality certified, and aims to achieve AS9100D accreditation for aerospace and defense by the end of the year. After this, the company will pursue ISO 13485 certification to produce material for medical devices.
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In terms of physical features, the facility houses a new, upgraded plasma-based atomization unit, inventory storage, and logistics operations. According to the company these additions have significantly reduced capital cost of the company’s powder production, and are expected to “increase yield and production rates” in the near future.
The completion is part of PyroGenesis’ “industrialization plan” discussed by company President and CEO P. Peter Pascali in an update relating to ISO certification in February 2018. Though PyroGenesis was already capable of commercial...
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