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Department of Defense awards 6K Additive a $23.4 million grant

Part of a $50 million investment program for upcycling critical metals

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6K Additive, a division of 6K Inc. and leader in the sustainable production of metals, has initiated a significant investment program, involving the US Department of Defense, that will expand its current capacity and add to its growing capabilities for metal processing. The more than $50 million program is being supported by a $23.4 million grant award through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Industrial Base Policy, through its Manufacturing Capability Expansion and Investment Prioritization (MCEIP) directorate.

The agreement, entered into under Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III authorities, will help 6K Additive increase capabilities to upcycle high-grade metals, including titanium, nickel and refractory metals, used in alloys for aircraft structural components, turbine engine blades, rocket engines, radar systems, and many other critical defense applications. In addition to doubling capacity, the program will enable expansion in scrap sorting, segregating, and processing, as well as the production of powder and remelt ingot to increase domestic mill product capacity capability. The investment will support 6K Additive’s effort in facility renovation, talent acquisition, equipment installation, and engineering which are core to this overall program.

Department of Defense awards 6K Additive a $23.4 million grant as part of a $50 million investment program for upcycling critical metals
The agreement, entered into under Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III authorities, will help 6K Additive increase capabilities to upcycle high-grade metals

6K’s proprietary upscaling processes leverage abundant domestic sources of metal feedstock to include end-of-life components, machine shop swarf, and scrap from manufacturing processes such as casting and forging. With MCEIP’s help, 6K expects to expand its capabilities and achieve full-rate production at its Burgettstown, PA facility by the end of 2026.

Frank Roberts, President of 6K Additive commented, “Our country’s national security relies heavily on materials used across numerous applications and controlling the supply chain from within the borders of the United States is paramount. We are excited to announce this important expansion program which enhances our capabilities to support our defense and commercial customer base.  The $23.4 million award from the DoD is a testament to the capabilities of 6K Additive for upcycling the most critical metals and alloys. No organization has the history, experience, infrastructure or potential 6K Additive has in upcycling materials like titanium, nickel superalloys and refractory metals. We’re honored to be selected for the award and recognize the DoD’s trust in our organization.”

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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