Z3Dlab Introduces World’s First Titanium/Ceramic Composite Material for Metal 3D Printing

Oct 06 (2015

French company Z3Dlab has created a new metal composite material that it has dubbed ZTi-Powder. Researchers at Z3Dlab, which specializes in metal additive manufacturing by SLM, discovered that there were a number of issues with titanium, particularly as used in the medical field. The metal, which is commonly used for dental and bone implants, has the potential to cause allergies due to its low hardness level and poor resistance to wear and oxidation. In an oxygen-depleted environment, the metal has the potential to release aluminum and vanadium ions into the bloodstream, causing allergic reactions. To mitigate titanium’s tendency to erode, the team at Z3Dlab combined it with zirconia, a ceramic that is 50 percent harder than titanium.

ZTi-Powder is its first patent for Z3Dlab, and the company expects the material to have wide applications in not only medicine and dentistry, but in the aeronautics and automobile industries, as well as the potential to be used in energy research.

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