Valmet’s new 3D printing technology will be able to reproduce customer-specific moulds and patterns
Valmet has become one of the first technology suppliers to adopt 3D printing technology in its manufacturing processes to shorten lead times.
“3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, is an excellent example of an emerging technology that has huge potential to be exploited widely in Valmet in the future. We have taken a big step towards offering next-generation products without being limited by yesterday’s production processes,” said Ari Saario, R&D director.
This breakthrough technology also means that parts or project-specific mould patterns can be reproduced on demand for rapid delivery. Some of these have successfully been made at Valmet’s 3D Competence Center, opened earlier this year in Sundsvall, Sweden. The printing materials include aluminum, Inconel and type 316L steel. The centre also continuously runs trials with various printing materials and explores ideas for products that can be printed with a 3D printer.