It’s not simply a new way of producing. It’s a new way of thinking. There are no borders when digitally designing and executing a final product – layer by layer.
Additive Manufacturing (AM), popularly known as “3D-printing”, allows production in shorter lead times, with less weight and shapes which haven’t been possible to realize before.
As one of the main global innovation drivers, voestalpine is leading the way into the new area of Additive Manufacturing. Based on experience and tradition, by offering the whole value chain from the start to finalization and beyond. All in-house and in one go.
After being digitally designed in a 3D-CAD model, even the most complex of structures can be “printed” via metal powder layer by layer.
Additive manufacturing can drive efficiencies because AM is able to produce near net-shape parts. That ensures the most effective outcome with nearly waste-less production. No milling nor drilling.
With the added freedom of additive manufacturing design additional shapes and connectivity of multiple parts can be explored. Additive Manufacturing allows highly optimized fabrications designed for the best results in terms of weight and stability.
From short lead times, fast prototyping to production, Additive Manufacturing sets new standards in production management and execution.
As a global technology leader, we offer the full suite of production techniques and services throughout the value chain, supporting and driving innovation and development based on lengthy experience around materials and processing. Starting from the metal powder production and enhancement, to design and manufacturing and including post-processing. We offer the end-to-end solution to be your trusted and reliable business partner.
Areas of Excellence
While AM offers a nearly endless range of possibilities, there are certain Areas of Excellence that voestalpine has a special concentration in.
Beyond today’s conventional possibilities, tooling and industry parts have to perform in far more complex functions and situations than ever before. By creating tailored constructions manufactured specifically for industry needs, whole production channels are being revolutionized. For example, with conformal cooling solutions cooling down different materials in molds multiple times faster than the “traditional” way.
We support customers with consultation to choose the right material for the right application. Furthermore, we help to redesign parts where appropriate according the requirements of your application. We use state of the art software and manufacturing technology to support the manufacturing process from the first concepts to functional parts.
It is very possible that the automotive and aerospace industries may stand to benefit the most from the possibilities offered by additive manufacturing. With the ability to create lightweight yet solid components with shorter prototyping and production times many opportunities exist Smart and energy-absorbing solutions can be game changers. From mass-production to motorsport. From efficiency to high safety requirements, it is an area for building cutting edge technologies for future generations.