The world’s first 3D titanium car parts have been printed!
UK researchers have become the first people in the world to produce printed titanium car parts, demonstrating that the metal could eventually become cheap enough for commercial production.
Titanium is usually considered too expensive for use in automotive engineering, but a novel way of producing titanium powder from sand has paved the way for 3D printing that is so cheap it could be used for low-to-medium volumes, according to engineers.
The process creates titanium powder at a much lower cost than the conventional method of atomising blocks of metal, which in turn makes automotive parts much more economical. Researchers are now planning to create other materials from titanium powder, with a focus on making alloys.
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