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Sandvik and BEAMIT to show latest in AM industrialization at Formnext

New 3D printed cemented carbides, along with increased Osprey powders and AM service manufacturing capacity

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Sandvik and the BEAMIT Group – now also including 3T Additive Manufacturing – will return to Frankfurt for the world-leading additive manufacturing event of Formnext 2021. On-site in Germany, the companies will showcase the latest news from their joint offering, including new 3D printed cemented carbides, along with increased Osprey powders and AM service manufacturing capacity and general improvements in the additive value chain.

​In 2019 Sandvik acquired a significant stake in the BEAMIT Group. The Italian company has since become the world’s largest, independent AM service provider (this is confirmed by 3dpbm’as own data in the latest metal AM market study and report) – with the latest addition being the acquisition of 3T Additive Manufacturing earlier this year. At Formnext 2021, Sandvik and BEAMIT will yet again co-exhibit to present the widest range of premium metal powders for all additive manufacturing processes, as well as several industrial additive customer cases that showcase the Sandvik-BEAMIT companies’ joint offering and leading expertise along the additive value chain.

“It’s as natural as it is exciting for us to once again join forces with BEAMIT at Formnext 2021,” said Kristian Egeberg, President of Sandvik Additive Manufacturing, “after this past year of restrictions across the globe, we look forward to meeting our customers and once again offer them an opportunity to explore the combined power of Sandvik and BEAMIT– which I’m proud to say hasn’t slowed down but rather found even more fuel throughout these challenging times. We are ramped up and ready to keep pushing the industrialization of additive manufacturing – and our offering has never been stronger. We’re going to Frankfurt to share with current and new customers how we can support them as an advanced metal powder supplier and/or in developing and implementing their AM programs, and take the industrialization of AM to the next level, together”.

AM of super-duplex stainless steel

Sandvik and BEAMIT will present a unique capability to produce additively manufactured components in super-duplex stainless steel, offering optimized performance for the most demanding, marine environments – while enabling minimal downtime and no capital tied up in parts. Outperforming several traditionally manufactured counterparts, Sandvik’s super duplex components are 3D printed in the company’s flagship material Osprey 2507 – a strong, corrosion-resistant super duplex metal powder, tailored for AM and manufactured in-house to the highest international standards.

Sandvik and BEAMIT show new 3D printed cemented carbides, along with increased Osprey powders and AM service manufacturing capacity

Mikael Schuisky, VP and Business Unit Manager for AM Services at Sandvik, added: “By leveraging nearly 160 years of materials expertise and industry-leading know-how along the additive value chain, we are proud to say Sandvik is the first to offer 3D printed super duplex components to the market. While many have tried and failed, we are very pleased to have seen components printed to a standard that doesn’t just meet, but even exceeds that of several conventionally manufactured counterparts.”

An impeller, reinvented and 3D printed in Osprey 2507, has been developed as a result of a collaboration between Sandvik, energy giant Equinor, and Norwegian Eureka Pumps. The offshore essential will be one of the products on display at Formnext 2021.

3D printed cemented carbides by Sandvik

At Formnext, Sandvik is also introducing yet another addition to their AM service offering: 3D printed cemented carbides. This is evidence of Sandvik’s longstanding expertise in hard materials and world-leading post-processing capabilities. Additively manufactured cemented carbides allow for durable and wear-resistant parts to be manufactured in virtually any geometry – a gamechanger to industries such as tool making and metal cutting. With Sandvik’s unique and patented manufacturing process, customers can look forward to several business-critical benefits such as increased production speed – and longer intervals in between part replacement.

Increased Osprey manufacturing

Sandvik’s ever-evolving and market-leading range of Osprey metal powders continues to grow and was recently extended to include premium titanium powder as well as nickel-based superalloys – manufactured in facilities with quality management systems certified for deliveries to the aerospace and medical segments. To keep up with demands, Sandvik has made considerable efforts in gearing up their manufacturing capacity even further during 2021, also for other high-alloy material groups. While much attention in the AM arena focuses on revolutionary designs, innovation on a material level is equally important.

Annika Roos, Business Unit Manager of Sandvik’s metal powder business explained: “Materials technology is very much integrated with Sandvik’s DNA. From our own AM service business, we have first-hand experience from printing in a wide range of materials for additive manufacturing – from tool steels, duplex steels, super alloys like titanium and high-temperature materials, to hard and super hard materials – and understand the importance of using premium raw materials, tailor-made to the additive processes, in order to obtain an optimal end result. To meet the increased demand, we have significantly increased our ability to produce even larger quantities of metal powders for AM, by adding new atomization towers to our site in Neath, UK.”

3T acquisition by BEAMIT

BEAMIT, including the Group’s latest addition of 3T Additive Manufacturing – bringing with them over 20 years of industrial expertise in metal AM, as well as some of the highest quality certifications for deliveries to aerospace and medical – will also display selected customer cases at Formnext 2021.

Sandvik and BEAMIT show new 3D printed cemented carbides, along with increased Osprey powders and AM service manufacturing capacity

Andrea Scanavini, General Manager of the BEAMIT Group expanded on this: “Our strategic and industrial partnership with our shareholder Sandvik gives us a competitive advantage when it comes to leading materials expertise, materials development capabilities, and supply of the widest range of alloys. Together, we have leading capabilities throughout the AM value chain and know what it takes to industrialize additive manufacturing. We are really looking forward to co-exhibiting at Formnext again – and make the most out of this opportunity to present the full power of the Sandvik-BEAMIT offering to customers in real life”.

The Sandvik-BEAMIT booth at Formnext will be filled with industrial customer cases covering a wide range of materials and different additive processes – as well as the leading metal powder and AM experts of Sandvik, BEAMIT, and 3T Additive Manufacturing – ready to discuss customers’ specific needs and challenges.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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