ASM’s titanium powder approved for Additive Manufacturing
February 15, 2021
Korean Additive Manufacturing group, HANA AMT, Cheongju, Korea, is reported to have performed a detailed analysis of titanium powder supplied by Australian Strategic Materials (ASM), headquartered in Burswood, Australia, confirming a purity of 99.918% and its suitability for metal Additive Manufacturing.
The test 20 kg of titanium powder was produced from a 75 kg run at ASM’s metallisation pilot plant in January 2021. ASM and HANA AMT signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) as they progress their negotiations towards an initial 1,500 tonne-per-year off-take agreement for titanium powder.
“This independent review of ASM’s titanium metal powder is a great validation of our patented metal process, confirming the high purity and the environmental benefits of the metal ASM can produce for the manufacturing sector in Korea,” stated David Woodall, ASM Managing Director. “We look forward to progressing negotiations and continuing discussions with other potential off-take and strategic partners during our time in Korea.”
“This is a promising start of the year, with 2021 a foundation year for ASM, as we progress our vision to become a fully integrated critical metals producer – supplying metals from the mine direct to manufacturers, through the delivery of the Dubbo Project and the establishment of our metals business,” continued Woodall.
ASM’s metals business is founded on a novel metallisation process that converts oxides into high purity metals, alloys, and powders using less energy than conventional methods. The pilot plant in South Korea has proven the commercial scalability of the process and is reported to have successfully produced a range of high-purity metals and alloys, including titanium, neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium, and zirconium.