Is Titanium a Viable Metal Choice?
Titanium is one of the most expensive metals available for industrial use, but still, factories all over the world continue to use a large amount of titanium for uses for everything from creating computer parts to manufacturing airplane hulls. So what is it that makes titanium so expensive and why do factories continue to use it?
Titanium is one of the most expensive metals because of the high cost of manufacturing the metal. Titanium is not found in a usable form anywhere on earth. The natural form of titanium is titanium oxide. To become a usable metal, the oxide is processed with magnesium, other metals, and a variety of chemicals. Magnesium is one of the most expensive metals as well, because it is a scarce resource and magnesium processing is also expensive. Titanium requires a variety of expensive materials and extensive processing before it becomes a usable metal.
So why do manufacturers want to use such an expensive metal in their manufacturing processes? Titanium can actually provide a huge range of benefits over other metals. Titanium is one of the strongest metals in the world today, and can be formed using a variety of metal processing techniques, including titanium investment casting and die casting. Titanium metal has a much higher strength than other metals, and is even stronger than steel and iron. The metal is much lighter than other metals, which makes it ideal for lightweight uses such as aerospace designs. The metal is extremely corrosion resistant, even to chemicals and other materials that cause stainless steel to break down. Titanium is also seen as a “cool” metal, which gives it a higher marketability that many other metals.
Titanium investment casting is actually one of the least expensive ways to manufacture and manipulate the metal. Investment casting companies can easily add titanium metal forming to their existing investment casting machines and processes for a seamless addition to their existing product lines.