TiDA’s origins go back 2008, as The Titanium Industry Development Association, becoming a limited company in January 2015.
TiDA is based at the Toi Ohomai Institute Windermere campus (formally BOP Polytechnic) in Tauranga.
TiDA was set up with support from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Foundation for Research Science and Technology, Tertiary Education Commission and a number of private sector companies to help co-ordinate titanium metallurgy and additive manufacturing activities for the long-term benefit of the New Zealand industry.
TiDA was formed to help New Zealand companies develop titanium powder metallurgy products for the domestic and international marketplace. The company remains dedicated to research and support related to titanium and additive manufacturing, but also provides testing and research capability for other metals, ceramics and composites.
New Zealand’s titanium powder metallurgy industry is in its infancy but we expect it to grow into a sector of niche local capability and a lucrative export market.
TiDA actively collaborates with Callaghan Innovations, GNS Science and the Universities of Waikato, Massey, AUT and Auckland.
Its key roles are:
- To introduce titanium powder technology to wider New Zealand industry
- Helping companies improve their technology and process, especially in titanium and powder metallurgy
- To develop and manage process development and testing services
- To be a key player in national research and development strategies
- To strengthen existing international links and help forge new ones
TiDA established a start-up company in December 2012, RAM 3D, which specialises in production of 3D printed parts in titanium, inconel and stainless steels using Selective Laser Melting technology. RAM 3D supply 3D printed parts and related services to customers in New Zealand and International markets.
Initially operating within the TiDA facility, RAM 3D relocated to a new purpose-built building in 2016 and now operate as a stand-alone commercial company with separate staff, management and facilities. www.Ram3D.co.nz