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Sandvik, Freemelt, and Mid Sweden University to advance tungsten powder AM

Aiming to accelerate the industrialization of AM and the E-PBF technology

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Sandvik, a supplier of high-quality powders, Freemelt AB, developer of the first open-source EB-based metal 3D printer, and Mid Sweden University have entered a third-party collaboration aiming to accelerate the industrialization of additive manufacturing using tungsten powder and the E-PBF technology. The collaboration focuses on enhancing manufacturing processes and materials for industrial applications.

Sandvik will contribute its expertise and materials to certify its tungsten powder for use in Freemelt’s printing process. Through this collaboration, Sandvik aims to become the preferred choice of powders for Freemelt’s industrial partners – opening substantial business opportunities. Freemelt AB brings expertise in E-PBF technology, especially in tungsten material processes.

Mid Sweden University will invest in a Freemelt ONE (open-source research E-PBF machine) from Freemelt and provide resources to accelerate technology to transform the industrial ecosystem. This investment underscores the university’s commitment to fostering innovation and competitiveness in AM research and development – bridging the research community and industrial companies.

Sandvik, Freemelt, and Mid Sweden University to advance tungsten powder AM - aiming to accelerate E-PBF technology.

“This collaboration highlights the expertise of the Swedish research and industry in additive manufacturing to maintain leadership in innovative manufacturing capabilities. By combining our expertise with Sandvik’s high-quality powders and Mid Sweden University’s research capabilities, we aim to drive innovation and unlock new opportunities in industrial applications. This collaboration will strengthen Freemelt’s position in high-performance materials such as tungsten for applications within the energy, defense, semiconductor, and medical equipment segments,” said Daniel Gidlund, CEO of Freemelt.

“We are thrilled to partner with Freemelt and Mid Sweden University to certify our tungsten powders for additive manufacturing. This collaboration not only strengthens our position in the market but also opens new opportunities for growth and innovation,” said Thomas Zimmerl, VP of Product Management for Tungsten Powder Products and Powder Solutions at Sandvik.

“Our partnership with Freemelt and Sandvik underscores our commitment to pushing the boundaries of additive manufacturing technology. Together, we will drive innovation and contribute to the competitiveness of the industry,” said Professor Lars-Erik Rännar at Mid Sweden University.

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