The University of Utah’s Department of Metallurgical Engineering, part of the College of Mines and Earth Sciences, will start a US$1.8 million, three-year project to develop a new manufacturing approach to minimize the cost of producing titanium materials and components, with hopes that the process used can reduce the cost of titanium tenfold, helping the automotive, aerospace, military equipment and medical implant industries.
 
The Department of Energy is granting US$1.46 million to the University of Utah for this project, with a $370,000 match from the university and Reading Alloys of Ametek, Inc, for a total of US$1.8 million. Other collaborators include Ford Motor Co and the Army Research Laboratory.