Press release 5 November 2019
The market for additively manufactured (AM) components with new metals increase each year. VBN Components in Sweden develops the most wear-resistant metals on the market. These will now be machined and analysed in project MacAM.
To optimise post processing of VBN Components AM-materials, project Machining of AM components – MacAM is about to take off. Financed by Sweden’s innovation agency Vinnova, the project will be executed with partners Swerim, Sandvik Coromant and 3M. VBN’s metal materials increase lifespan and performance of components and may reduce production cost significantly. Now machining techniques are expected to improve by 40%, which will encourage more companies to take the leap towards additive manufacturing.
– New extremely hard and wear-resistant materials can be produced with AM technology and enable more efficient solutions. It has, however, been difficult for industrial players to adopt the new technology, due to lack of experience and understanding of the machining process of the new, super hard materials, says David Franklin, researcher at metals research instituteSwerim.
The AM process minimises material use and allows new, advanced structures with for instance cooling channels and reduced component weight. However, the surfaces of a 3D printed component need to be machined in order to achieve the required tolerances and smoothness. Samples of VBN’s carbide rich materials with raw surfaces will be analysed and machined in a well-controlled environment. From these results a guideline with recommendations will be created, which has long been requested by the metal industry.
– Today there is a knowledge gap considering grinding and post processing of AM components. We are looking forward to this project which will give new recommendations for tools and knowledge about post processing, which is most important for industrial adoption of AM, says Ulrik Beste, CTO of VBN Components.