In July 2010 TiDA opened a world-class testing and prototyping facility for titanium powders and products in Tauranga.

The Applied Powder Metallurgy Centre is designed to cater for a wide range of industries. Essentially it’s a one-stop shop for design, prototyping, small scale manufacturing and physical properties testing.

The overall aim is to help build New Zealand’s powder metallurgy capabilities and research, and help New Zealand companies develop new products.
  • Research & Development
  • Product Design
  • Prototype Develpment using 3D Printing
  • Short Run Manufacturing
  • Manufacturers Consultancy & Support
  • Metalgraphic Sample Preparation
  • Wet Lab Facilities


  • Particle sizing from 80nm to 2mm
  • Tensile & Compression Testing & 3 point bend testing
  • Chemical analysis via EDS & XRF
  • Inspection via microscopy - SEM & optical
  • Hardness testing - micro & macro Vickers & Rockwell C
  • Density measurement - using Archimedes' system

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SEM image of powder

High resolution imaging and fine element
analysis via EDS