GSD Manufacturing Process
Hyperion has secured the exclusive rights to the patented Granulation-Sintering-Deoxygenation (“GSD”) technology developed by Dr. Z. Zak Fang for producing zero carbon, low-cost spherical titanium powders. GSD offers major advantages in the production of spherical titanium for use in 3D printing, including;
- Production of titanium and titanium alloy powders with low oxygen, controllable particle size and excellent flowability
- Higher manufacturing yields than current processes, leading to significantly lower costs
- Energy efficient process leading to a zero carbon process when coupled with renewable power
- Ability to utilize lower cost and sustainable feedstocks including recycled titanium metal powders/scrap or HAMR titanium powders
The combination of producing titanium metal via the HAMR process followed by the production of titanium spherical powders via the GSD process has the potential to substantially reduce the total cost of titanium powders for 3D printing, opening up many potential new markets, with the potential to disrupt not just the high value titanium metals and powders market, but also the far larger aluminum and stainless-steel markets.