A350 titanium cable mount on the front spar of the vertical stabilizer made with EOS 3D printer. (Photo courtesy Business Wire.)
A350 titanium cable mount on the front spar of the vertical stabilizer made with EOS 3D printer. (Photo courtesy Business Wire.)

EOS has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with metal powder producer Hyperion Metals Limited to help produce lower cost, reduced carbon titanium powder.

The companies reportedly plan to test the spherical and non-spherical titanium powders produced using Hyperion’s hydrogen assisted magnesiothermic reduction (HAMR) and granulation sintering and deoxygenation (GSD) processes for use in additive manufacturing (AM) against powders produced via different methods.

Plans are to focus on cost-effectiveness, sustainability, and the recyclability of titanium metal powders using the two processes.

‘What is exciting is the potential for new, low cost, low carbon titanium powders that will provide organizations with both significant economic benefits and more sustainable solutions,’ said Sascha Rudolph, commercial director at EOS. ‘The HAMR and GSD technology has the potential to lower the barriers to entry for titanium into existing markets of more conventional materials and will enable completely new mass market applications where high strength to weight are critical – such as electric vehicles.

‘One barrier to wider adoption of AM is material cost – caused on one hand by the scarcity of the raw material, but on the other hand by the extremely complex and resource-intense methods of extraction,’ he added.

This story uses material from EOS, with editorial changes made by Materials Today.