PyroGenesis Canada Inc., Montreal, Quebec, has announced the creation of a new division under the name of PyroGenesis Additive, dedicated solely to PyroGenesis’ Additive Manufacturing business line. This is the first step to the company’s previously announced strategic spin-off.
PyroGenesis is the inventor of Plasma Atomisation, a process it uses to produce very small, uniform, fully dense and spherical metal powders with the ability to flow like water. The company first began producing powders using Plasma Atomisation for the biomedical industry between 2001-2004. In 2015, PyroGenesis invested approximately $2m in improving both production rate and particle size distribution, which states the company led to a patent pending and to PyroGenesis’ decision to re-enter the market and produce powders for the AM Industry.
On March 30, 2017, the company announced that it had completed the assembly of its first powder production system, with its first powder run “exceeding expectations.” The company also noted that an overall increase in its operations was expected to continue steadily over the next four months. On April 25, 2017, the company announced receipt of its first powder order from a multinational conglomerate, followed by a second on June 7, 2017. P Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis, stated that the company’s development since March was “over the top – exceeds our wildest expectations on every front.”
According to the company, the current production system is the first of many which PyroGenesis expects to make to address an increasing need for metal powders in the AM Industry. “Our goal is not only to become a significant producer of metal powders to the AM Industry,” stated Pascali, “but to bring the technology to a new level and enable 3D printing to reach new heights by effectively making our old technology, the gold standard, obsolete. We are making great strides on both fronts, and we have only been up and running for less than three months.”