Equispheres, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, has appointed Calvin Osborne as its Chief Operating Officer in an effort to streamline the company’s next phase of production at its Ottawa manufacturing facility. In this role, Osborne will leverage his technical skills and business acumen to help with the scaling and full commercialisation of Equispheres’ metal powder technology to meet growing market demand.
Osborne is an established product development and manufacturing executive with experience supporting research and development teams and applying Lean Six Sigma methodologies. He was previously Assistant Director of Engineering for the solar business of Schneider Electric and Vice-President Engineering for Andronic. As Director of the Kodak Operating System, he oversaw the product commercialisation process for Kodak Graphic Communication Group Canada. He is a professional engineer and holds patents for a number of medical devices.
“We are entering an exciting phase of our growth, with inflecting market demand coinciding with our business scale-up plans,” stated Kevin Nicholds, Chief Executive Office, Equispheres. “As our output rises to meet global demand, Calvin is the right person to manage that process.”
Equispheres’ aluminium powders are produced by a unique atomisation process that creates highly spherical particles with characteristics well suited to Additive Manufacturing. Third-party testing is said to have demonstrated the company’s high-performance feedstock can additively manufacture three times faster than traditional powders and achieve part cost reductions of 50%, enabling metal AM to compete economically with traditional manufacturing processes.
Osborn commented, “Equispheres’ feedstock holds promise to radically reduce the cost of Additive Manufacturing such that it can economically compete with traditional production-volume manufacturing technologies. I’m excited to join the talented team at Equispheres to help drive the company towards this vision.”
Equispheres explains that its focus for 2022 is to continue to qualify its high-performance aluminium powders for industrial applications, working with equipment suppliers and partners in the automotive and aerospace sectors.
“To our new partners and potential collaborators, we can say: We are ready. Ready to scale up and provide the material that will fuel the growth of metal Additive Manufacturing,” concluded Nicholds.