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Cooperation to accelerate the industrialization of additive manufacturing and E-PBF technology

Freemelt AB, Sandvik and Mittuniversität Sweden have announced their collaboration to advance the industrialization of additive manufacturing and Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion (E-PBF) technology.

Freemelt AB, known for its profound, environmentally friendly technology solutions, will bring its know-how and experience in E-PBF technology and processing of tungsten materials to the collaboration. Sandvik, a leading supplier of high-quality powders, will contribute its expertise and materials to certify its tungsten powder for use in Freemelt’s printing process. Through this collaboration, Sandvik aims to become the preferred powder supplier for Freemelt’s industrial partners, opening up significant business opportunities.

Freemelt CEO Daniel Gidlund said: “This collaboration highlights the expertise of the Swedish research and industry in additive manufacturing to maintain leadership in innovative manufacturing capabilities. By combining our expertise with Sandvik’s high-quality powders and Mid Sweden University’s research capabilities, we aim to drive innovation and unlock new opportunities in industrial applications. Tungsten is a focus material for Freemelt in which we have established a strong position for various industrial applications, therefore it’s extra rewarding and valuable to enter into this collaboration with Sandvik who is a leading supplier of tungsten powder. Additionally, this collaboration will strengthen Freemelt’s position in high-performance materials such as tungsten for applications within the energy, defense, semiconductor, and medical equipment segments.”

The University of Sweden and the Sports Tech Research Center will invest in a Freemelt ONE machine (an open-source e-PBF research machine) and provide resources to further develop the technology and transform the industrial ecosystem. This investment underlines the university’s commitment to taking a leading role in additive manufacturing education and strengthening the link between the research community and industrial companies.

Thomas Zimmerl, VP product management, tungsten powder products, Powder Solutions, Sandvik, commenedt: “We are thrilled to partner with Freemelt and Mid Sweden University to certify our tungsten powders for additive manufacturing. This collaboration not only strengthens our position in the market but also opens new opportunities for growth and innovation.”

Professor Lars-Erik Rännar at Mid Sweden University and Sports Tech Research Centre said: “I’m happy to see that our long-term cooperation with Sandvik will continue, and by adding the unique capabilities of Freemelt ONE and the partnership with Freemelt to our existing infrastructure, we are well prepared to address current and future challenges for the industry in the areas of advanced materials and processing. This collaboration is well in line with our ambition to push the boundaries of additive manufacturing technology in co-production with industry and also to provide our students with state-of-the-art infrastructure.”

This strategic partnership aims to revolutionize additive manufacturing technology and provide sustainable, efficient solutions for industrial applications.

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