PyroGenesis Canada has stepped up production of its plasma-atomized metal powders for 3D printing.

This follows its filing of a provisional patent for the powder production process with higher production rates and narrower particle size distribution.

“With the ability to now produce titanium powder by the tonne, the company is now in a position where it can provide additional perspective on status, and next steps, for both existing and developing opportunities,” said P Peter Pascali, CEO and chair of PyroGenesis.

The company is also planning to set up distribution agreements with alloy specialist Aubert & Duval outside Asia as well as a distributor of metal powder to the Asian market. PyroGenesis will also partner with a North American global aerospace company to qualify its titanium metal powder, with approval expected in Q4 2022.

The company also plans to start producing stock inventory of the titanium powder and pursue ISO 13485:2016 certification for medical devices.

Pyrogenesis also plans to start producing AlSi10Mg aluminum alloy powder using the same method, and is building a metal powder manufacturing facility in Europe.

“As we have stated in the past, given the sheer size of this market and our unique manufacturing process – which improves exponentially on the world’s existing leading metal powder production process (which we invented 25 years ago) – we expect to capture a significant share of the overall titanium powder market,” said Massimo Dattilo, VP, PyroGenesis Additive.