SAMSON is entering a new era in product development by taking up additive prototype manufacturing. The prototypes are built up layer-by-layer using the SLM (Selective Laser Melting) powder bed fusion technique. This 3-D printing method makes it possible to quickly produce metal products that have very complex shapes or geometries. In a first step, SAMSON is manufacturing valve parts from stainless steel 1.4404/316L. Later, other standard metal powders commonly used for components in process engineering will be used as well. The 3-D printer used makes it possible to produce valves in sizes up to DN 80/NPS 3. CFD simulations can be verified under real-life conditions by testing the valves on the test benches installed in the ROLF SANDVOSS INNOVATION CENTER with different process media and under different flow conditions, such as liquids, gases, vapors, multi-phase flows and media containing solid particles.
SAMSON is also planning to 3-D print custom tools and production equipment in the future to be capable of responding more quickly to changing requirements in production environments.