Metal producer IperionX says that it has won a US$2 million contract from the US Department of Defense (DoD) to produce titanium metal powders from scrap material.

It will also investigate how to rejuvenate used or out-of-specification (OOS) titanium powder, the company said.

According to IperionX, titanium metal powders are reused only a limited number of times before the quality is compromised by elevated contaminant levels or inferior powder morphology. Using OOS titanium powders could increase the probability of defects and jeopardize the structural integrity of additively manufactured components, it said.

At the same time, producing titanium powder using the Kroll Process can be high carbon, energy intensive and expensive.

IperionX says that its technology can achieve yields of nearly 100% from low-grade scrap without the need for blending the scrap with high-grade primary metal.