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PyroGenesis $PYR.ca Additive Confirms Production, and Orders, for Both Ti-6Al-4V Grade 23 & Grade 5 MIM Cut

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:04 AM on Monday, September 18th, 2017

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  • Company now confirms that process can, in fact, make titanium MIM cut Grade 23 powder in commercial quantities
  • Already received orders for samples of both Grade 5 and, most notably, Grade 23 Ti-6AL-4V MIM cut powders. 

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Sept. 18, 2017) – PyroGenesis Additive, a division of PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (http://pyrogenesis.com) (TSX VENTURE:PYR)(OTCQB:PYRNF), a high-tech company (the “Company” or “PyroGenesis”) that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products, is pleased to announce today that, further to its press release dated August 14, 2017, wherein it was announced that the Company had developed a new plasma-based atomization process to produce metal powders for 3D printers, specifically the MIM cut titanium (Ti-6Al-4V) powder Grade 5 (which for the purposes herein, we define as small fine metal powders, that can be used by metal 3D printers, typically in the 5um-25um size range), and wherein it was also announced that it seemed that the same process might make titanium MIM cut Grade 23, the Company now confirms that this process can, in fact, make titanium MIM cut Grade 23 powder in commercial quantities. Further to this, the Company is also pleased to announce that it has already received orders for samples of both Grade 5 and, most notably, Grade 23 Ti-6AL-4V MIM cut powders.

Mr. P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis, provides an overview of today’s announcement in the following Q&A format:

Q. What is the attraction of MIM cut powders?

A. The use of a MIM cut powder allows improved surface finish and increased definition of the parts. MIM cut refers to a powder size traditionally intended for use in the Metal Injection Molding industry, hence the phrase “MIM”. We also use this term to describe this same size cut (i.e., the finest powder size produced by plasma atomization, typically below 25um), and which we are seeing a potentially explosive demand for by metal 3D printers. The press has most recently noted the increased interest in using this fine powder by 3D printer manufactures such as Desktop Metal, Markforged and 3DEO. These new printing technologies hold the promise of much higher throughput and reduced costs compared to mainstream printers.

Of note, and where PyroGenesis Additive has applicability, is that the metal 3D printer demands for this MIM cut cannot be serviced by the powders which traditionally were used by Metal Injection Molding, as they are not pure enough.

The MIM cut powder of Ti-6Al-4V has traditionally only been available, in commercial quantities, as Grade 5. Given PyroGenesis Additive’s new plasma-based process, as described in its September 12, 2017 news release, it is now able to address this market by producing extremely narrow size distributions, at significantly higher production rates, with higher yields (i.e. little to no waste), and at much lower operating costs for both Grade 5 and Grade 23 in commercial quantities.

To the best of our knowledge, we know of no other company that offers commercial quantities of Ti-6Al-4V Grade 23 MIM cut.

Once again, PyroGenesis Additive is inventing, and innovating, thereby enabling 3D printers to reach new levels.

Q. What is the difference between Grade 5 and Grade 23?

A. The primary difference between the two is oxygen content, with Grade 23 having less oxygen content than Grade 5 (i.e. maximum oxygen content of 0.13% vs 0.20%). Since MIM cut powders are smaller, there is a tendency to have increased oxygen content due to more exposed surface area.1 Therefore, it is very difficult, in this particle range to have low oxygen content which is sometimes preferred.

Q. Why is it a challenge to make Grade 23? 

A. There are two challenges in making Grade 23 MIM cut powder: 1) quality and 2) quantity.

First, quality: because of its small size and relatively high surface area, the powder tends to pick up oxygen easily. By carefully controlling the operating environment of the plasma reactor, it is possible to minimize the oxygen pickup and, consequently, the oxygen content of the final powder.

Second, quantity: plasma processes have traditionally been designed to produce relatively large powders. By allowing to shift the particle size distribution to smaller sizes, the new PyroGenesis process maximizes the amount of powder available in the MIM cut range.

Q. Can you give us an update on sample orders and shipments?

A. To date, PyroGenesis Additive has received six (6) unique sample orders, including one sample order for our Grade 23 and Grade 5 MIM cut. Of these sample orders, we have currently shipped four (4).

Q. So, in conclusion, when will this success translate into more substantial orders?

A. It is important to put these sample orders in context. We never expected to receive any sample orders during the ramp-up phase. It is, as you can imagine, very difficult to project any sales from these sample orders. However, I think it is safe to say that given the amount of interest, the timing, and the type of clients we are seeing, we can expect that some future long-term contracts might be in the very near future. If that is true, one can well imagine that the impact on the Company could be so significant that whether that happens in a week, a month, or six (6) months, the difference in timing is a drop in the bucket when compared to the commercial implications.

I can say however, that these sample orders have translated into company visits; both to our facilities and to theirs… and remember this is all during ramp-up.

As previously announced, PyroGenesis Additive will be exhibiting at this year’s TCT show in Birmingham, England (Sept 26 – 28). The TCT Show is one of the world’s leading events dedicated to 3D printing, Additive Manufacturing and product development as over 250 exhibitors are showcased to more than 7,000 attendees. We invite those who will be attending the show to stop by our booth# C61 and speak with our sales team: Mr. Massimo Dattilo, VP, PyroGenesis Additive, and Mr. Alex Pascali, Sales Manager, PyroGenesis Additive.

Separately, PyroGenesis announces today that it will be presenting at The MicroCap Conference on October 5, 2017, at the Essex House in New York City. The MicroCap Conference is an exclusive event for investors who specialize in small and microcap stocks. Mr. Pascali will provide an overview of the Company’s business, during a live presentation and has scheduled several one-on-one meetings with investors who are registered to attend the conference. This event is exclusive to portfolio managers, analysts, and private investors.

About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc. is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes. We provide engineering and manufacturing expertise, cutting-edge contract research, as well as turnkey process equipment packages to the defense, metallurgical, mining, advanced materials (including 3D printing), oil & gas, and environmental industries. With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working out of our Montreal office and our 3,800 m2 manufacturing facility, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage by remaining at the forefront of technology development and commercialization. Our core competencies allow PyroGenesis to lead the way in providing innovative plasma torches, plasma waste processes, high-temperature metallurgical processes, and engineering services to the global marketplace. Our operations are ISO 9001:2008 certified, and have been ISO certified since 1997. PyroGenesis is a publicly-traded Canadian company on the TSX Venture Exchange (Ticker Symbol: PYR) and on the OTCQB Marketplace (Ticker Symbol: PYRNF). For more information, please visit www.pyrogenesis.com.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “may”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “in the process” and other similar expressions which constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectation and assumptions, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, our expectations regarding the acceptance of our products by the market, our strategy to develop new products and enhance the capabilities of existing products, our strategy with respect to research and development, the impact of competitive products and pricing, new product development, and uncertainties related to the regulatory approval process. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Company’s ongoing filings with the securities regulatory authorities, which filings can be found at www.sedar.com, or at www.otcmarkets.com. Actual results, events, and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange, its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) nor the OTC Markets Group Inc. accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

SOURCE PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

1 “Titanium Powder Metallurgy: Science Technology and Application”, Ma Quian and Francis H. Froes editors, Elsevier, 2015, 2015, p.340.

Rodayna Kafal
VP, Investor Relations and Communications
(514) 937-0002
ir@pyrogenesis.com or rkafal@pyrogenesis.com

BREAKING: PyroGenesis $PYR.ca Additive Announces Significant Developments to its New Plasma-Based Atomization Process; Higher Production Rates, Higher Yields…

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:47 AM on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
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  • Announces Significant Developments to its New Plasma-Based Atomization Process
  • Higher Production Rates
  • Higher Yields
  • Narrower Particle Size Distributions
  • Lower Costs

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Sept. 12, 2017) –PyroGenesis Additive, a division of PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (http://pyrogenesis.com) (TSX VENTURE:PYR)(OTCQB:PYRNF), a high-tech company (the “Company” or “PyroGenesis”) that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products, is pleased to announce today that, further to its press release dated August 14th, 2017, the Company has made additional developments to its previously announced new plasma-based atomization process, which produces metal powders for metal 3D printers. Specifically, these developments include the ability to produce extremely narrow size distributions which can be easily shifted to any particle size required for Additive Manufacturing (“AM”), at significantly higher production rates, higher yields (i.e. little to no waste), and at much lower operating costs than seen to date. Management believes that this new plasma-based atomization process will have as great, if not greater, impact on the AM market, specifically addressing metal 3D printers’ demand for new particle size distributions.

Mr. P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis, provides an overview of today’s announcement in the following Q&A format:

Q. On August 14th, 2017, the Company announced a new plasma-based atomization process. How have you developed this further?

A. What we announced on August 14th was revolutionary in its own right. What we are announcing today is that this new process can effectively produce higher yields of very narrow particle size distributions, with little or no waste, and for any powders under 150 microns (the sweet spot for 3D metal printers), and not just the MIM cut (which we define for the purposes of the discussion herein as small fine metal powders, that can be used by metal 3D printers, typically in the5-25-micron size range).

In short, for any particle size distribution used by metal 3D printers we can:

  1. Produce extremely narrow size distributions, of bulk powders, which are easily shifted to any other size cut required by metal 3D printers (i.e. 5-25 microns, 15-45 microns, 45-106 microns, 45-150 microns, etc.);
  2. At significantly higher production rates than seen in the past;
  3. With higher yields (i.e. little to no waste); and
  4. At much lower operating costs.

Q. This is extraordinary.

A. It is, but not only from a cost perspective. Of course, increasing production rates, narrowing size distributions, increasing yields and lowering operating costs all lower the cost of production significantly, but the most significant aspect of this new process is that we can do this for any specific powder size catering to the AM Industry. What this means specifically is that, when producing a specific size cut, you do not have to worry about selling the off-cuts, or getting rid of waste, as you did in the past. We can now shift the particle size distribution to a customer’s specific needs and then shift it easily to address another’s.

Q. So total control?

A. Yes, and management believes this is beyond anything seen to date as production rates are significantly higher than in the past.

Q. Can you put this in perspective? What was happening in the past, and how is this better today?

A. Most certainly. To put it in perspective, in the past, you could meet a customer’s order with a specific production run, but you would have a significant amount of powder left over of a different particle size distribution that was either ideal for different 3D printers (“off-cuts”) or was waste. That means that, in the case of off-cuts, one would have to, hopefully, have another client for these cuts, which is quite challenging, as you can imagine, as not all particle size demands are equal. If the off-cuts are waste then the problem is a bigger one of disposal. In both cases, storage is also an issue.

Q. How does this enable 3D printers, and how may this be game-changing?

A. It all has to do with the production profile, rates and costs. If as a powder producer, you must sell multiple size cuts, from each production run, to different clients it becomes a limiting factor; It becomes a limiting factor in terms of both your ability to store off-cuts you haven’t matched a client to, and your ability to meet the demand for new powder size cuts; this is particularly true if there is a significant demand in new powder size cuts that does not match your production profile.

Our game-changing process has changed all that as it is no longer dependent on a broad production profile which, as we said, is limited by client matching, storage and/or disposal.

This problem has become evident as companies (such as Desktop Metal, 3DEO, and Markforged) started to express an interest in very fine powders which, until recently, could only be considered as an off-cut of broad production profiles. How could an explosive need for such powders be met if production was limited to matching the balance of production? PyroGenesis’ new plasma-based atomization process can now address this by producing extremely narrow size distributions, which easily shift to any particle size distribution, at significantly higher production rates, higher yields (i.e. little to no waste), and at much lower operating costs.

This is a huge breakthrough which we consider game changing, and the very reason why we consider this development to be as significant, if not more significant, than PyroGenesis’ original Plasma Atomization invention.

Q. Conclusion?

A. Not only are we the inventors of Plasma Atomization but we coined the term in our original patent issued in 1998. All other plasma atomization technologies used in the AM space owe their existence to our original patent notwithstanding any improvements they purport to have made.

We are back as a powder producer. Our stated goal is to enable AM (i.e. 3D printing) to reach new heights while at the same time address the current powder needs of the industry. We believe we have, so far, not only been true to this goal, but have excelled in pursuing it; which is the essence of our press release today. We have only had a system in ramp-up phase since March of this year, but in this short timeframe have new patents pending and, as of late, developed further game-changing know-how. In addition, the reception by the market has caused us to look at ways to accelerate our original strategic plan.

We look forward to completing the ramp-up phase, by incorporating our advances, and developing strategic relationships to accelerate our growth. We are also looking forward to playing a significant role in this dynamic AM market and anticipate a very exciting year ahead.

PyroGenesis Additive further announces that it will be exhibiting at this year’s TCT show in Birmingham, England (Sept 26 – 28). The TCT Show is one of the world’s leading events dedicated to 3D printing, additive manufacturing and product development as over 250 exhibitors are showcased to more than 7,000 attendees. We invite those who will be attending the show to stop by our booth# C61 and speak with our sales team; Mr. Massimo Dattilo, VP, PyroGenesis Additive, and Mr. Alex Pascali, Sales Manager, PyroGenesis Additive.

Separately, PyroGenesis announces today that it is featured as a presenting company at the 19th Annual Rodman & Renshaw Global Investment Conference, sponsored by H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC. The conference is currently in process, scheduled for September 10-12, at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York City. Mr. Pascali will provide an overview of the Company’s business on Tuesday, September 12th, during a live presentation and has scheduled several one-on-one meetings with investors who are registered to attend the conference. The conference is attended by over 2,000 attendees.

Finally, the Company announces today that an additional CAN$600,000 of previously issued warrants have been exercised. “Once again, this exercise of warrants is timely,” said Mr. Pascali. “As announced herein, we are currently looking beyond the ramp-up phase towards increasing production capacity ahead of our original expectations. This exercise of warrants, together with any future exercise of warrants and options, will enable us to implement plans to accelerate this growth, including our original schedule to increase our production capacity of metal powders for the AM (3D Printing) Industry. As previously announced, we are still looking at ways to have up to three (3) additional powder production systems operating in 2018. To date, our metal powder production strategy is progressing far better than planned, and we are very pleased.”

About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc. is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes. We provide engineering and manufacturing expertise, cutting-edge contract research, as well as turnkey process equipment packages to the defense, metallurgical, mining, advanced materials (including 3D printing), oil & gas, and environmental industries. With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working out of our Montreal office and our 3,800 m2 manufacturing facility, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage by remaining at the forefront of technology development and commercialization. Our core competencies allow PyroGenesis to lead the way in providing innovative plasma torches, plasma waste processes, high-temperature metallurgical processes, and engineering services to the global marketplace. Our operations are ISO 9001:2008 certified, and have been ISO certified since 1997. PyroGenesis is a publicly-traded Canadian company on the TSX Venture Exchange (Ticker Symbol: PYR) and on the OTCQB Marketplace (Ticker Symbol: PYRNF). For more information, please visit www.pyrogenesis.com.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “may”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “in the process” and other similar expressions which constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectation and assumptions, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, our expectations regarding the acceptance of our products by the market, our strategy to develop new products and enhance the capabilities of existing products, our strategy with respect to research and development, the impact of competitive products and pricing, new product development, and uncertainties related to the regulatory approval process. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Company’s ongoing filings with the securities regulatory authorities, which filings can be found at www.sedar.com, or at www.otcmarkets.com. Actual results, events, and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange, its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) nor the OTC Markets Group Inc.accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

SOURCE PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

Rodayna Kafal
VP, Investor Relations and Communications
(514) 937-0002
ir@pyrogenesis.com or rkafal@pyrogenesis.com