Count on our lead in an innovative technology
Additive manufacturing – popularly known as 3D printing – is one of the most innovative and revolutionary manufacturing methods. At voestalpine, we are implementing this new technology while making use of our in-house expertise to develop it further. Customers benefit from our leading edge competence throughout the value chain, which ranges from powder and wire development to the delivery of finished products.
Additive manufacturing (AM) uses electric arc or laser technology to fuse fine metal powders 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, Renishaw, 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.
- Böhler E185*
- Böhler W722 (1.2709)
- Böhler W360*
- Böhler M789*
- Böhler L625
- Böhler L718 AMS, L718 API
- Böhler N700 (17-4PH)
- Uddeholm Corrax
- Uddeholm Heatvar
- High Strength
We strive to expand the network of our additive manufacturing technologies, both in location and diversity of applications. Through our international Additive Manufacturing Competence Network, we cover a variety of industries worldwide, such as tooling, aerospace, mechanical engineering, and Oil & Gas/CPI.
Our central innovation hubs for metal powder printing and wire are located in Düsseldorf and Hamm, Germany, but we also have experts located in places such as Singapore, Toronto, Houston and Taiwan to ensure that our customers have access to the best support possible no matter where they are.
- Increased geometric freedom
- Increased part functionality
- Weight reduction of parts
- No tooling costs
- Economical low volume production
- Production on demand
- Reduced lead times
- Reduced raw material consumption
- Thermal and flow optimization
- New repair possibilities