voestalpine opens center for metal 3D printing

The voestalpine Group is continuing its global drive to innovate in the field of pioneering technologies: a new research and development center for 3D printing of metal parts was recently opened at the voestalpine site in Düsseldorf. The voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Center will bundle all the Group’s research activities in this field, harnessing the manufacturing process for particularly complex and lightweight metal components for use in aviation and aerospace, the automotive industry, tool manufacturing, etc. The next step will be more cooperative partnerships and locations in North America and China. In future the raw material required for the process—a specially manufactured metal powder—will be supplied by the Group companies BöhlerEdelstahl GmbH & Co KG, Austria, and Uddeholms AB, Sweden.

“As a result of the intensive research and development work undertaken in the past 15 years, voestalpine has developed from a traditional steel manufacturer to become a global leading technology and capital goods group. We want to consistently strengthen this position, and continue to remain at the forefront of developments in new production processes such as additive manufacturing.”Wolfgang Eder, Chairman of the Management Board of voestalpine AG.

In order to leverage metal additive manufacturing potential over the long term, the Special Steel Division of the voestalpine Group has founded its own research company at the Düsseldorf site in Germany—the voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Center GmbH.