GE Additive reports that Sandvik Additive Manufacturing, a division of Sandvik AB, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, has joined its binder jet beta partner programme. Sandvik has one of the widest alloy programmes for Additive Manufacturing, marketed under the Osprey® brand.
Sandvik will work closely with GE Additive to become a certified powder supplier for a range of Osprey alloys that complement GE Additive and AP&C’s own materials portfolio, and will reportedly also use GE Additive’s H2 Binder Jet beta machine to support its internal and external customers.
GE Additive explains that its binder jet beta partner programme hopes to leverage its strength in industrialising Additive Manufacturing technology with strong technical and innovative partners to rapidly grow its Binder Jetting technology. The first phase is said to involve developing the beta H2 system into pilot lines, and eventually into a commercially-available factory solution in 2021.
“Our approach to binder jet is making additive mass production a reality in every industry,” stated Jacob Brunsberg, Binder Jet Product Line Leader, GE Additive. “And while it would be relatively easier to launch individual machines, we continue to hear from customers, especially in the automotive industry, that they need a complete solution that can scale.”
Brunsberg continued, “Attracting partners like Sandvik – with know-how in industrialising innovation, deep materials knowledge, and a shared vision for the potential for additive technology – remains a cornerstone of our binder jet commercialisation strategy.”
Kristian Egeberg, president of Sandvik Additive Manufacturing, commented, “Sandvik is a leading expert in gas-atomised Additive Manufacturing powders, as well as in optimising the materials to customers’ specific print processes and applications.”
He added, “The materials collaboration with GE Additive offers great opportunities to qualify our wide range of Osprey metal powders for their new binder jet platform, to enhance end-customer productivity and product performance.”