Hyperion Metals Ltd. is partnering with industrial 3D printing answer provider EOS GmbH to speed up the deployment of Hyperion’s HAMR and GSD applied sciences for the potential manufacturing of low price, low-to-zero carbon titanium metallic powders. The collaboration will concentrate on:
- Technical and financial analysis of powders produced by way of the hydrogen assisted magnesiothermic discount (HAMR) and granulation sintering and deoxygenation (GSD) processes to be used in additive manufacturing as in comparison with the present titanium metallic powders
- Recyclability of titanium metallic powders utilizing the HAMR and/or GSD expertise processes
- Environmental and sustainability analysis of powders produced by way of the HAMR and GSD processes to be used in additive manufacturing versus different manufacturing processes
Sascha Rudolph, Business Director Steel Supplies at EOS commented, “Our purpose is to create modern product and course of options that assist speed up accountable manufacturing and sustainable options by way of industrial 3D printing expertise. What’s thrilling is the potential for brand spanking new, low price, low carbon titanium powders that may present organizations with each vital financial advantages and extra sustainable options. The HAMR and GSD expertise has the potential to decrease the boundaries to entry for titanium into present markets of extra standard supplies and can allow utterly new mass market purposes the place excessive power to weight are vital.
Our partnership with Hyperion modifications this panorama and permits us to ship cost- and resource-efficient subsequent gen strategies of extracting the worth kind this extraordinarily worthwhile and scarce pure useful resource all of the whereas decreasing the unfavourable impression on the environment.
Anastasios Arima, CEO and Managing Director of Hyperion Metals mentioned, “Collaborating with EOS considerably advances our imaginative and prescient to deliver sustainably sourced, low price, and nil carbon titanium metallic powders to worldwide metallic markets. Greater than every other 3D printing firm, EOS has the same worth and imaginative and prescient in bringing sustainable manufacturing to the world and having a sustainable metallic provide chain is essential to that imaginative and prescient. Their expertise within the additive manufacturing supplies world is unparalleled. They’ve greater than 25 years of expertise working with metallic powders and have a devoted facility in Finland, EOS Steel Supplies, that’s targeted on the event, design, and manufacturing of metallic powders and processes.
“Hyperion, by means of its HAMR and GSD applied sciences, has the potential to provide zero carbon spherical titanium powders at a fraction of the price of comparable titanium powders. Hyperion’s applied sciences have the potential to disrupt not simply the titanium market, but additionally the far bigger aluminum and stainless-steel markets.”
Hyperion has secured choices for the unique license to provide low carbon titanium metallic and spherical powers utilizing the HAMR & GSD applied sciences invented by Dr. Z. Zak Fang and his group on the College of Utah with authorities funding from ARPA-E.
The HAMR expertise has demonstrated the potential to provide titanium powders with low-to-zero carbon depth, considerably decrease vitality consumption, considerably decrease price and at product qualities which exceed present business requirements. The GSD expertise is a thermochemical course of combining low-cost feedstock materials with excessive yield manufacturing, and may produce spherical titanium and titanium alloy powders at a fraction of the price of comparable business powders.
Detailed energy-economic evaluation and course of simulations had been carried out to estimate the vitality consumption, emissions, and price at mass manufacturing of titanium metallic utilizing the HAMR expertise. The outcome indicated that the HAMR course of is greater than 50% much less vitality intensive and price aggressive with the Kroll course of.
Hyperion has an unique license over the HAMR expertise and is concentrated on scaling the expertise focusing on the usage of titanium minerals produced in Tennessee as preliminary feedstock.
This presents a major alternative to re-shore a low price, totally built-in titanium metallic provide chain with the very best requirements in sustainability, doubtlessly zero carbon operations, and full traceability in a protected jurisdiction within the U.S. This HAMR course of and the non-spherical powder produced alone can feed into the present titanium metallic provide chain within the U.S. and Europe however can be used for feedstock in additional downstream processing.
GSD spherical titanium metallic powder expertise
Prof. Fang additionally developed a course of which might both use HAMR powder, Ti-scrap, or Ti-sponge to provide spherical titanium metallic powders for 3D printing purposes. This granulation sintering and deoxygenation (GSD) expertise is a novel technique that synergistically combines granule spheroidization, sintering, and de-oxygenation into one built-in course of for producing low-cost spherical titanium powder which considerably improves the yield and produces a spherical titanium alloy powder with low oxygen content material, controllable particle dimension distributions, and wonderful flowability.
This GSD course of can even recycle titanium metallic powders utilized in additive manufacturing for low price.
Hyperion has exclusivity over this expertise and goals to start pilot manufacturing of spherical titanium powders within the Q3 2021. Initially utilizing titanium scrap and/or sponge however with the flexibility to additionally make use of used powders and finally backward integrating with the HAMR powders.