VBN Components ABhttp://www.vbncomponents.com/
VBN Components AB has combined the design freedom of Additive Manufacturing with innovative process and material developments to create a new generation of high-strength, carbide-rich tool materials branded Vibenite®. These unique, patented alloys are transforming tool and wear component performance across a range of applications, from gear cutting hobs to the mining sector.
Sweden was one of the first countries to produce industrial steel with purity as a key factor. VBN takes this to the next level by 3D printing unique materials with exceptional wear resistance and extremely high cleanliness, which significantly increases fatigue resistance.
These properties are achieved through a patented additive manufacturing process, resulting in materials with 100% density. Their performance is attributable to smallsized, uniformly distributed carbides in a specific matrix. They are all produced from gas atomised metal powder and are therefore classified as powder metallurgy (PM) materials. The method is called AM-HSS™.
Vibenite® technology allows the user to switch to a more wear-resistant material than what can be produced traditionally. The customer provides a CAD drawing and receives a near-net-shape component that needs grinding or Electric Discharge Machining (EDM) in order to achieve a perfect surface. A license agreement is possible for specific applications, with production at customer sites. However, it is not possible to solely purchase powder from VBN Components without further knowledge regarding the process.
When 3D printing, most production and transportation steps are eliminated, material usage optimised and environmental impact significantly reduced. In addition, both the performance and lifetime of components increase with Vibenite®.
There are currently five different types of Vibenite® materials: three high-speed steels, one martensitic stainless steel and one cemented carbide. Their hardness ranges from approximately 58–72 HRC (600–1100 HV) in order to suit different types of applications.