Licence agreement Additively manufactured tools deliver improved performance and lifetime

Source: VBN Components

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The alloys of the Swedish company VBN Components are used to manufacture tool materials that noticeably improve performance and lifetime. The tool manufacturer Anaj Czech, which has tested components in their material, was so satisfied with the results that a licence agreement has been signed to start manufacturing in-house.

The materials' exceptional hardness and wear resistance can only be achieved with additive manufacturing.
The materials' exceptional hardness and wear resistance can only be achieved with additive manufacturing.
(Source: VBN)

VBN focuses on hard and wear-resistant materials that are additively manufactured, and today offers four steels and one cemented carbide under the Vibenite brand. Anaj Czech now signed a licence agreement to manufacture the tools in-house. Anaj is one of the largest manufacturers of special tools for machining in the Czech Republic. It has been successfully operating on the market for over 25 years and is a well-established player in Eastern Europe and in Germany.

“We hope that we will be able to use the materials and know-how of VBN to produce complex tools with high added value for the customer”, says Vojtěch Pečinka, Sales Manager of Anaj Czech.

The joint development of the additive technology with VBN is directed in the first phase towards the printing of semi-finished tools for gear manufacturing (i.e. gear hobs and power skiving). Subsequently, in the second phase, the company will focus on the development of tools for machining of non-ferrous alloys (Al, Ti and Mg).

According to VBN, the materials' hardness and wear resistance can only be achieved with additive manufacturing. Therefore, Anaj has acquired an AM machine, with which the two companies will develop and optimise tools in Vibenite. VBN will also provide training in Design for Additive Manufacturing, both remotely and on site at Anaj.

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