The KINALTEK process for production of metallic alloy powders and other complex metallic systems is based on low-temperature direct aluminothermic reduction of metal oxides and metal chlorides.
The KINALTEK process has the key attributes of:
low energy requirement,
ability to produce novel and complex materials systems,
low production cost, and
the process is a versatile tool for R&D with the ability to synthesise any combination based on 27 different metals.
Our aim is to reduce manufacturing cost, in addition to enabling low-cost additive manufacturing using net shaping and 3D printing though production of “designer” high-quality powders.
KINALTEK P/L aims to transform the metal powder industry through low-cost production of pure metal powders and complex alloy systems.
Existing technologies are hampered by :
- Difficult processing routes – in particular for complex systems.
- Limitations of the melt/atomisation route.
- Constraints due to equilibrium.
- High production cost.