Renishaw is collaborating with Sandvik Additive Manufacturing to qualify new additive manufacturing (AM) materials.
Renishaw is collaborating with Sandvik Additive Manufacturing to qualify new additive manufacturing (AM) materials.

Renishaw is reportedly collaborating with Sandvik Additive Manufacturing to qualify new additive manufacturing (AM) materials for production applications.

This will include new alloys to be used in the laser powder-bed fusion (LPBF) process, the companies say.

The two companies have already worked together to develop process parameters for a range of Sandvik metal powders, including stainless and maraging steels and nickel-based superalloys. As a result, they have made small but important changes to the composition of Sandvik alloys, whilst remaining within the relevant ASTM specification, to help improve the mechanical properties of LPBF components.

‘Much of the innovation in AM in the next few years will come from the pairing of enhanced machine performance with improved alloys,’ said Stephen Crownshaw, AM business manager at Renishaw. ‘Better alloys mean better material properties, enabling AM components that are even more efficient and cost-effective.’

This story uses material from Sandvik, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.