VBN launches World’s hardest steel using 3D printing

EPMA stand at Formnext exhibits gear hob from VBN Components
EPMA stand at Formnext exhibits gear hob from VBN Components

VBN Components, based in Uppsala, Sweden, produces steel using additive manufacturing, so-called 3D-printing. The company’s technology makes it possible to manufacture industrial tools and components, such as drills and cutters, in the shape end-users choose and in metals of extremely high quality. Its new steel has a wear resistance that substantially increases the life-span and efficiency of products, which also lowers material consumption.

VBN Components’ new, wear-resistant steel is unique. The engineering industry has a constant need to find tool and component materials with increased wear and heat resistance, but until now has come up against numerous obstacles to finding the ideal material. The properties of the new steel not only overcome these limitations, but also shorten lead-times thanks to fewer processing steps. This makes VBN Components’ worldwide market very large.

VBN Components has been producing extremely hard and wear-resistant steel products using this technique for many years. Step-by-step, the company has moved towards what is today the world’s hardest steel – a milestone in materials development.