VBN Components to showcase cemented carbide for metal AM at EMO Hannover

September 16, 2019

Drill bits in Vibenite 480, produced in collaboration with Epiroc (Courtesy VBN Components)

VBN Components AB, Uppsala, Sweden, is set to showcase its cemented carbide for metal Additive Manufacturing, Vibenite® 480, at EMO Hannover 2019 in Hannover, Germany, from September 16–21.

Launched in December 2018, Vibenite 480 is based on metal powder produced through large scale, industrial gas atomisation, minimising cost and environmental impact. The material reportedly combines the toughness of Powder Metallurgy high-speed steels (PM-HSS) with the heat resistance of cemented carbides, and has therefore been named ‘hybrid carbide’. 

The carbides in the material are fine and well-dispersed, reportedly giving a structure with higher toughness than traditional cemented carbides. Long-term hot hardness has been measured to 750°C for the corrosion-resistant material with a hardness of ~66 HRC.

In addition to showcasing its Vibenite 480 material, VBN Components will deliver two talks during the event titled ‘Redefining wear resistance through 3D printing of hard metals with high carbide content’. Organised by the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW), Frankfurt, Germany, the biennial EMO Hannover hosted nearly 2,230 exhibitors and was visited by 130,000 industry professionals in 2017, 50% of whom attended from outside Germany.

“EMO Hannover is the perfect event to showcase our technology,” stated Ulrik Beste, CTO and one of the founders of VBN. “We will meet with experts in the metalworking field from different parts of the world to discuss how our 3D printed cemented carbide can improve performance in components and overall production.”



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