PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (TSX-V: PYR.V), Montreal, Canada, has announced that it has filed a provisional patent for a new plasma atomisation process. This new process, it was stated, enables PyroGenesis to produce metallic powders at higher production rates while at the same time controlling powder size distribution.
The need to produce particles of a specific particle size distribution at increasingly higher production rates is driven by the growing demand created by the metal Additive Manufacturing industry. It is expected that PyroGenesis will file a worldwide patent application within twelve months.
“Additive Manufacturing is a US$2.5 billion industry and it is expected to grow to US$10 billion by 2020. High quality powders such as those produced by PyroGenesis, is an essential element fueling this growth,” stated Peter Pascali, CEO.
“Once again, our engineering team has proven its ability to innovate thus creating value for our shareholders. Our patent portfolio now includes 38 allowed, pending and/or provisional patents, covering 14 different inventions. This is in addition to our having access to 10 other patents,” stated Pierre Carabin, Director of Engineering.
The Plasma Atomization Process (PAP) is an enabling technology for 3D Printing as well as other Additive Manufacturing and Powder Metallurgy applications. PyroGenesis’ technology has the distinction of producing highly flowable and very pure spherical metallic powders, all highly sought after characteristics in Additive Manufacturing applications.
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