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Harold Sears appointed as Additive Manufacturing Senior Advisor at IperionX

Where he will play a key role in guiding the expansion of IperionX’s AM capabilities across a range of production modalities

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IperionX has appointed Harold Sears as the company’s Additive Manufacturing Senior Advisor. IperionX’s circular titanium metal powder is a critical input to manufacturing a wide range of specialized titanium components. Harold Sears’ appointment as Senior Advisor will increase IperionX’s technical capability to rapidly additively manufacture high-quality, low-cost prototype and production titanium components for advanced industries.

Harold Sears brings over 32 years of experience in rapid manufacturing technologies – 29 of which are in additive manufacturing. This includes a distinguished career at Ford Motor Company, where he held the role of Technical Leader of Ford’s Additive Manufacturing Technologies, and led a large team of additive manufacturing engineers, specialists, and operators to accelerate the integration of additive manufacturing technologies into Ford’s manufacturing environment. He has a proven capability to develop and implement additive manufacturing processes that leverage state-of-the-art technologies for the production of commercial parts and prototypes. He has significant experience in scaling additive manufacturing technologies for high-volume automotive production parts, and delivering rapid prototypes for new product development and manufacturing tooling try-outs.

Harold Sears will play a key role in guiding the expansion of IperionX’s additive manufacturing capabilities across a range of production modalities. A large number of leading companies in the automotive, consumer electronics, bicycle, and defense sectors are accelerating the use of additive manufacturing to improve sustainability, reduce long lead times, and rapidly produce large volumes of low-cost, complex parts. IperionX currently has two Laser Bed Powder Fusion printers and one Binder Jet printer that are used to rapidly prototype titanium components to optimize the final design, and to print production series parts for customers.

Harold Sears appointed as Additive Manufacturing Senior Advisor at IperionX, where he will play a key role in the company's AM expansion.
Parts printed using IperionX’s titanium powder.

Unlike many other market providers, IperionX’s patented technologies can produce low-carbon titanium metal from 100% recycled titanium production scrap, or out-of-specification recycled titanium powder feedstocks – allowing prototyping to take place at lower cost, and with significantly lower environmental impact.

Harold Sears’ appointment builds upon the recent IperionX and Carver Pump partnership that focuses on introducing additively manufactured titanium pump components into the US Navy’s supply chain. When coupled with the benefits of additive manufacturing, this partnership offers the US Navy the ability to rapidly manufacture complex, operation-critical titanium parts, with lower lead times.

“I am pleased to announce the addition of Harold Sears to the IperionX team as our Additive Manufacturing Senior Advisor. Harold brings a wealth of industry-leading experience and expertise, having spent over 32 years leading additive manufacturing programs at Ford Motor Company, which is particularly notable given that initial development of IperionX’s patented titanium technologies were funded via the US Department of Energy for light-weighting across the US automotive industry, with support from Ford. Harold’s deep knowledge and extensive experience across the additive manufacturing field will be invaluable as we scale our breakthrough sustainable titanium technologies for advanced industries,” said Anastasios Arima, co-founder, and CEO of IperionX.

“I am excited to be working with IperionX to develop market-leading, in-house additive manufacturing capabilities. Their patented titanium technologies offer a valuable competitive advantage to customers that need to rapidly innovate with additive manufacturing, but at lower cost and lower environmental impact. I look forward to assisting with building a world-class additive manufacturing division that will offer customers innovative and sustainable titanium components on shorter timeframes,” said Harold Sears.

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