From metal powder to finished component
Additive manufacturing generally involves synthesizing components, layer by layer, on the basis of a 3D model. In contrast to traditional production processes such as turning and milling from a single block of metal, this method involves no material losses.
The raw material for metal additive manufacturing is a metal powder of the required composition, e.g. special steel, tool steel, nickelbased, titanium or cobalt-chromium alloys.
For this reason voestalpine is also building up its expertise in producing powder for 3D metal printing, and is investing in special powder atomization facilities at the Group subsidiaries Böhler Edelstahl GmbH & Co KG, Austria, and Uddeholms AB, Sweden. The material produced here will then be turned into finished components by 3D printers at the voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Center in Düsseldorf.