The GE Additive Binder Jet beta partner program has announced the addition of Sandvik Additive Manufacturing as a strategic partner
Sandvik has one of the widest alloy program for additive manufacturing on the market, marketed under its Osprey brand.
Sandvik will work closely with GE Additive to become a certified powder supplier for a range of Osprey alloys that complement GE Additive’s own materials portfolio – and will also use its H2 Binder Jet beta machine to support internal and external customers.
The first phase of GE Additive’s plan involves developing the beta H2 system into pilot lines, and eventually into a commercially available factory solution in 2021.
“While it would be relatively easier to launch individual machines, we continue to hear from customers, especially in the automotive industry, that they need a complete solution that can scale,” said Jacob Brunsberg, Binder Jet product line leader, GE Additive.
“Attracting partners like Sandvik – with know-how in industrialising innovation, deep materials knowledge, and a shared vision for the potential for additive technology – remains a cornerstone of our Binder Jet commercialisation strategy.”
Sandvik, with more than 40 years experience of powder atomisation, and more recently optimising materials to customer 3D printing applications, views the partnership with equal enthusiasm.
Sandvik Additive Manufacturing president Kristian Egeberg, said: “The materials collaboration with GE Additive offers great opportunities to qualify our wide range of Osprey metal powders for their new Binder Jet platform, to enhance end customer productivity and product performance.”
In 2019, Sandvik acquired a stake in BEAMIT, a leading European-based AM service bureau, and in 2020 the BEAMIT Group acquired 100% of Zare, bringing together two leading AM service bureaus in Europe – to create one of the largest independent AM service providers, serving the most demanding industries.