Titomic Limited, a metal Additive Manufacturing company based in Melbourne, Australia, has announced a supply agreement for Ti6Al4V powders with AP&C, a GE Additive company, headquartered in Saint-Eustache, Montreal, Canada. Under the supply agreement, the two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will see them work together to develop titanium and titanium alloy powders.
According to Titomic, the agreement will provide a secure global supply of aerospace grade Ti6Al4V powders for use in its Titomic Kinetic Fusion (TKF) AM process. The MoU will reportedly allow the following cooperation between the companies:
- Titomic and AP&C to co-develop industry standards of best practice for the storage and safe handling of titanium and titanium alloy powders
- Titomic and AP&C to develop custom-made homogenisation powder systems for titanium and titanium alloy powders for use in Titomic’s TKF AM systems
- Titomic and AP&C to explore the optimisation of coarse (50–150 µm) titanium and titanium alloy powders for use in TKF AM systems with the aim of significantly reducing the cost of TKF manufactured products.
“AP&C, a GE Additive Company, is a global leader in the production of the aerospace grade titanium and titanium alloy powders, using its plasma atomisation manufacturing process, which have the ideal characteristics for Titomic Kinetic Fusion process,” stated Jeff Lang, Titomic’s Managing Director.
“These agreements provide Titomic with not only a secure metal powders supply from AP&C, a reputable multinational company, but also allows for continuous improvement under a strong collaboration between the parties of their own unique capabilities for future digital manufacturing solutions for industries,” he concluded.
Alain Dupont, President & CEO of AP&C commented, “This agreement is a significant milestone in the supply of large volumes of titanium and titanium alloy powders, and we’re delighted to be working with a recognised leader and manufacturing innovator Titomic, to produce best practice standards for the future to lead the development of industry standards for titanium powders.”