Allegheny Technologies Inc., has undertaken a joint venture (JV) with GE Aviation for the development of a new meltless titanium alloy powder manufacturing technology. The JV includes the construction of a new R&D pilot production facility to produce titanium alloy powders for use in additive manufacturing applications, including 3D printing.
The joint venture will leverage ATI’s technology and manufacturing expertise in the production of specialty metal powders and premium-quality titanium and nickel-based alloys for critical and technically advanced applications. The JV will also draw upon GE Aviation’s engineering and development capabilities and technical knowledge of the use of alloyed titanium powders.
Titanium alloys of specific grades are usually atomized to achieve a reliable size and spherical structure to achieve the desired effect in the additive manufacturing (AM) process. In addition to AM processes, atomized spherical powders may be used in metal injection molding and hot isostatic pressing.
ATI’s role in the joint venture is to provide operational, technical, and project support.