Global aerospace OEM to place PyroGenesis and its NexGen coarse titanium powder on approved supplier list

June 10, 2024

June 10, 2024

PyroGenesis’ Ti64 ‘coarse’ powder has been added to the approved supplier list of a global aerospace OEM (Courtesy PyroGenesis)
PyroGenesis’ Ti64 ‘coarse’ powder has been added to the approved supplier list of a global aerospace OEM (Courtesy PyroGenesis)

PyroGenesis Canada Inc, based in Montreal, Quebec, has announced its NexGen™ Ti64 ‘coarse’ powder has been approved by a global aerospace OEM for inclusion in its approved supplier list. The client, who remains confidential for competitive reasons, will now begin the formal process of adding PyroGenesis to its internal approved supplier list for this specific powder, a process that is expected to be completed this summer.

This coarse powder has a size fraction in the range of 45-150µm and is typically used in Additive Manufacturing applications such as Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) and Direct Energy Deposition (DED).

The qualification process – which involved extensive evaluations including quality management system review, work instructions review, and a rigorous on-site audit of Pyrogenesis’ production facility – was successfully completed over the course of several years. The final step required the company to submit samples of its powders for chemical and mechanical properties evaluation to confirm matching client specifications.

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“Having our ‘coarse’ Ti64 powder accepted for addition to the approved supplier list of one of the largest aerospace companies in the world underscores the quality and reliability of our NexGen plasma atomisation process, our post-processing process, our quality assurance management process, and our quality control system,” said Massimo Dattilo, Vice President, PyroGenesis Additive. “This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team over the past several years. We look forward to officially being added to the approved supplier list and leveraging this success.”

“This is a colossal achievement for PyroGenesis, particularly for the PyroGenesis Additive division,” said P Peter Pascali, PyroGenesis President and CEO. “While we have been confident from the outset, this notification from a global aerospace OEM is confirmation that our board’s decision to re-enter the metal powder market, with a ground-up redesign in the form of the patented NexGen plasma atomisation production system, was indeed the right one. This news is even more exciting when taken in the context of the recent announcement of a joint $415 million government/corporate aerospace initiative, to establish an aerospace innovation zone in Montreal, right in our backyard. Today’s announcement positions PyroGenesis well to also be included in one of the world’s foremost aerospace technology developments.”

“When we decided to re-enter the metal powder production market, we did so with a mandate from the Board to take the plasma atomisation process to the next level via a redesigned system we named NexGen,” added Dattilo. “Our cautious, methodical approach was built around our stated goal to produce some of the highest quality metal powders in the additive manufacturing industry. To help reach that goal, it was important for us to be assessed by the highest quality client under the toughest standards, and that is what we did. This process has been highly beneficial to us, contributing to the continued improvement of our metal powder production process and NexGen technology, as well as to the quality of our metal powder.”

“I am also happy to add that the company’s ‘fine cut’ Ti64 metal powder is also in the qualification process with the same client, having taken a different qualification path due to changes to the powder specifications by the client during the approval process. We are confident that the ‘fine cut’ powder will also be approved by the client and added to the list of approved suppliers in due course,” noted Pascali.

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