The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) Summer School was held this year for the first time in the UK, at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Rotherham. As part of this, Metalysis hosted a visit from members of the EPMA Summer School to provide a detailed insight into the one-step metal powder production process at its site in Rotherham.
The week-long Summer School was attended by graduates from material sciences, design, engineering, manufacturing and metallurgy and was tailored to give participants the opportunity to learn more about powder metallurgy and processes within a commercial setting. A visit to Metalysis, which is at the forefront of commercial metal powder production, allowed students to see the process first hand. Indeed, the new tantalum production plant in South Yorkshire, which has been producing tantalum powder commercially since April 2015, is the first new primary tantalum metal production plant in Europe for more than 30 years.
Metalysis produces a diverse range of high value metal powders, including tantalum and titanium, and modern alloys at reduced costs. In addition, Metalysis’s one step, solid-state production method has a significantly lower environmental footprint than that of traditional methods.
Metalysis Chief Executive Dion Vaughan said: “Metalysis’s process has transformed the way in which powered metals are produced, which has many implications for their use in additive layer manufacturing. We are leading the way in transforming metal powder production and the students, as aspiring engineers, were able to see the process at first hand and learn where they can put their skills and knowledge to use in their future careers.”