Quebec firm offers improved 3D metallic powder production process
- June 8, 2015
PyroGenesis Canada Inc., Montreal, QC, a manufacturer of plasma waste-to-eneergy systems and plasma torch products, has developed a new plasma automization process that will enable the company to produce metallic powders at higher production rates while controlling particle 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 additive manufacturing industry, particularly 3D printing. It is expected that PyroGenesis' will file a world-wide patent application within 12 months.
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.
"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," says Peter Pascali, president and CEO.
In related news, the company recieved a $385,000 payment for shipping the first of ten powder produciton systems for 3D printing under a previously announced $12.5 million contract.
The company announced last July that it had signed a contract with a major Asian manufacturer for ten plasma-based powder production systems for 3D printing.
"Under this contract, 9 of the 10 systems are to be built once the first system is fully installed and commissioned in Asia. With the first system being shipped, and installation and commissioning scheduled for this summer, we plan to start manufacturing the last nine systems in the fall of 2015," says Pascali.