Innovnano’s YSZ Powder Used to Develop a New Material That Combines Zirconia’s Hardness With Titanium’s Malleability

04th April 2016
Z3DLAB, a French start-up that specialises in metal additive manufacturing, has developed a new composite using Innovnano’s YSZ powder. This composite material – ZTi-Powder – combines the attractive properties of zirconia with the beneficial characteristics of titanium, exploiting the benefits of both materials to provide unique properties. 

Both titanium and zirconia are widely used for high-performance parts. On its own, titanium offers a high level of toughness but has poor abrasion resistance; zirconia is highly resistant to wear and abrasion. The introduction of Innovnano’s YSZ to titanium for the production of ZTi powder provides a material that is hard, tough and wear resistant. The powder is 50% stronger than titanium, can withstand temperatures of over 1,000°C and is also extremely light. It therefore offers sought-after properties for applications across a range of industries, including aerospace, automotive and energy.