Manufacture of titanium wire from low cost metal powder or swarf.
Titanium wire is a major feedstock for additive layer manufacturing and for making high quality titanium powder for use in powder-bed additive manufacturing.
- Production of titanium wire/rod from any low cost titanium powder or swarf, that is cheaper than titanium wire/rod made from conventional processes.
- Modified existing metal process to allow titanium powder processing where there wasn't one before.
- Reduction in capital equipment, fewer process steps compared to ingot metallurgy route, high purity product, reduced waste, higher productivity.
- The wire production process has been demonstrated at pilot plant scale for 3mm diameter product produced continuously up to 10m in length.
- The next stage in development is to demonstrate production of 300kg of product per tooling change-over cycle.
- There is a large market for 3mm titanium wire as feed for additive layer manufacturing.
- Markets include aerospace, marine, automotive, construction and consumer goods.
We have two granted patents in our suite of technologies for continuous fabrication of semi-finished products. The patents provide broad process claims for continuous production of wire from powder.
The team comprises materials engineers, material scientists, and process modellers. The team operates the Lab22 Innovation Centre, Australia's premier metals additive manufacturing research and development centre located in Clayton, Victoria.