Wear-resistant materials Additive manufacturing of components shortens delivery times and improves material properties
Swedish manufacturer VBN Components is known for its extremely wear-resistant materials, especially the world's hardest steel, Vibenite 290, and the world's first 3d-printed cemented carbide, Vibenite 480. A new machine now allows the company to produce pore-free materials and to develop the alloys further.
Since its inception in 2008, VBN Components has focused on hard, additively manufactured alloys with unique properties. Additive manufacturing is often associated with faster lead times for both development and production, and now VBN has shortened the production chain even further.
VBN's new heat treatment machine, a so-called URQ-HIP (Uniform Rapid Quenching-Hot Isostatic Pressing), was recently inaugurated at the company. It offers HIP:ing, heat treatment and rapid quenching. In this way, pore-free materials are guaranteed, but above all, the manufacturer will be able to develop the alloys further, for instance through even higher hardness and toughness.
Now VBN's materials can both be further improved and delivered faster to the growing customer base. Another important aspect is sustainability. In addition to the direct minimisation of unnecessary heating, as well as reduced transport, the machine has been equipped with a recycling system for the process gas, which further reduces the environmental impact.