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Our Technology

Leading the Titanium Age

Our mission is powered by proprietary technologies invented by Dr. Zhigang Zak Fang at the University of Utah and developed with funding from the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Programs Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) program.

 

These technologies enable us to produce low-cost titanium metal from either titanium minerals or scrap titanium metal. The ability to use 100% titanium scrap as feedstock, which is not possible with the industry standard Kroll manufacturing process, allows for a novel, closed-loop and sustainable titanium manufacturing process.

Dr. Zak Fang

Dr. Zak Fang is the Chief Technology Officer of Blacksand Technology and inventor of HAMR and a suite of Ti process technologies from mineral to products.

Our Technologies

The HAMR Process

The Hydrogen Assisted Metallothermic Reduction (HAMR) process is an energy efficient thermochemical process that can produce either Commercially Pure (CP) or alloyed titanium powders at low cost and with low emissions.

The GSD Process

The Granulation-Sintering-Deoxygenation (GSD) process is a thermochemical process for producing spherical alloy powder that combines low-cost feedstock material with high-yield production and can produce spherical titanium and titanium alloy powders at a significantly lower cost compared to commercial powders that are available today.