David Franklin, Swerim

Guidelines will bring more to additive manufacturing

4 November, 2019

The market for additive-manufactured (AM) components in new metallic materials is growing year by year. The AM process minimizes material usage while enabling advanced new geometries, resulting in improvements in cost effectiveness of up to 40 percent. And there are great opportunities for improving existing components.

"New, extremely hard and wear-resistant materials can be made with AM technology, enabling even better solutions. However, for many, adopting the new technology hasn't been easy, due to a lack of experience and understanding when it comes to producing AM components in the new ultra-hard materials,” explains David Franklin, researcher at metals research institute Swerim.

The Vinnova-funded project Machining of AM components – MacAM – will encourage more companies to take the leap into additive manufacturing. The aim of the project is to investigate the machininability of the new, ultra-hard AM materials, and then create a set of guidelines with recommendations for how they can be machined and used. This is something for which there has long been a demand in the manufacturing industry.

“Today, there is a big knowledge gap when it comes to post-processing of additive-manufactured components. We're looking forward to this project, which will provide the new tooling recommendations and knowledge concerning post-processing that are essential for making the transition to AM,” says Ulrik Beste, CTO VBN Components.

MacAM (Machining of AM components) is a one-year Vinnova-funded project with a total budget of about 1.4 million kronor. Participating companies include 3M, Sandvik Coromant, VBN Components and Swerim.

David Franklin, coordinator and project manager, Swerim, david.franklin [at] swerim.se, 073-057 52 80

Bildtext: David Franklin, Swerim is the coordinator for MacAM.