Clean TeQ and Relativity Space, Inc. to Develop Applications for Scandium Aluminium Alloys for 3D Printing of Rockets
Sam Riggall, Chief Executive Officer of Clean TeQ Holdings Limited announced a collaboration with Relativity Space, Inc. to develop scandium-aluminium alloys for 3D printing of launchers for commercial orbital launch services. The two companies have also agreed a binding Scandium Offtake Heads of Agreement for the Company to supply scandium oxide (volumes to be determined at Relativity’s election) from Clean TeQ’s Sunrise Project in NSW, Australia.
The collaboration is consistent with Clean TeQ’s long term strategy, led by Dr. Timothy Langan, manager of Clean TeQ’s scandium alloy development programs, to assist industry players to investigate and develop new applications for scandium-aluminium alloys. The Company’s aim is to stimulate growth in demand for the material which will be converted into sales of scandium from the Sunrise Project once it is in operation.
Clean TeQ’s technical and marketing team will work closely with Relativity on development of scandium-containing alloys for Relativity’s patented Stargate 3D printing process. Results so far are encouraging and trials are progressing.
Clean TeQ’s Chief Executive Officer, Sam Riggall, commented, “We are delighted to be partnering with Relativity on this important project. Scandium allows us to create a new generation of aluminium alloys with unrivalled functionality – alloys that are stronger, lighter, more corrosion-resistant and printable. These alloys have the potential to revolutionise the manufacturing processes for a range of industries, as Relativity is already demonstrating. Our relationship with Relativity reinforces our strategy of working with innovative companies to find new solutions between raw materials and advanced manufacturing.”
Relativity’s CTO and Co-Founder, Jordan Noone, commented, “Relativity was founded on the principle that aerospace manufacturing can benefit significantly from emerging technology. Scandium alloys are a key part of being able to combine 3D printing with the structural needs of spaceflight. We are looking forward to working with Clean TeQ to continue our work in revolutionizing aerospace manufacturing.”
Under the terms of the Scandium Offtake Heads of Agreement, Clean TeQ will supply scandium oxide to Relativity from the Company’s Sunrise Project once production commences. Annual volumes will be determined by Relativity. The parties have agreed a fixed price for scandium supplied pursuant to the Heads of Agreement. The Heads of Agreement is for a maximum ten-year term, and may be terminated by Relativity with notice, or by Clean TeQ if certain defined minimum purchase volumes are not met.
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