voestalpine Specialty Metals

Additive manufacturing

Customers benefit from our leading competence throughout the value chain, which ranges from powder development to the delivery of finished products. Additive manufacturing (AM) uses electric arc or laser technology to fuse fine metal powders and or wire into complex and high-strength components. Starting with three-dimensional CAD data, AM enables the wasteless production of even the most complex shapes.

With the use of conventional technologies like milling, drilling etc., such structures would be impossible to produce or would require extreme efforts. Simply put, “printers” manufacture the components layer by layer. Depending on the application, various methods (Powder Bed or Direct Deposition Process with powder or wire) are used. Currently, we are using machines from Trumpf, DMG Mori, SLM Solutions, and EOS in our additive manufacturing processes. A crucial part of AM is using the correct process parameters for each type of printing machine and material. If a specific process parameter is not already available, we develop it in-house.