3D Printed Industrial Diamond Composite

3D Printed Industrial Diamond Composite

Sandvik Reveals 3D Printed Industrial Diamond Composite

Sandvik, one of the most trusted companies in the industry, has revealed the first ever 3D printed industrial diamond composite in the world. This enables companies to develop their technology and streamline their production. This also allows organisations and businesses to acquire higher returns on investment.

Utilising stereolithography, top researchers from the company’s additive manufacturing division implemented a slurry that consists of polymer and diamond powder to 3D print the industrial diamond composite. While the method is efficiently useful, their team’s wide knowledge helped them from start to finish.

“Historically, 3D printing in diamond was impossible to achieve. But we start to grasp both the possibility and applications that this breakthrough could have,” Anders Ohlsson, Sandvik Additive Manufacturing’s Delivery Manager said.

3D Printing Diamond

The diamond is considered as the hardest material among the precious stones. With that, a team from Sandvik Additive Manufacturing saw its great potential in aerospace, automotive, and other advanced sectors. Compared to other materials, diamond stands out, making it a highly useful tool for industrial applications.

“We start to wonder what else would be possible from 3D printing shapes in a material that’s harder than steel. With a high heat conductivity and thermal expansion, what can a diamond provide?” Ohlsson added.

“All of these benefits make us believe that you’ll see the industrial diamond composite in new advanced applications. These range from space programs and wear parts in the coming years.”

Despite these potential properties, the 3D printed industrial diamond composite can’t maintain its lustre itself. So, both 3D printing and replicating the properties of the material have been a headache. Despite that, many people consider it as an investigative and fun process.

Post-Processing the Rough

Following the stereolithography, the Sandvik team recently created and developed a custom, effective and proprietary method for the production of 3D printed industrial diamond composite. Not only is it accurately effective, but it also makes the process feasible. Head of Operations and Research and Development at Sandvik Additive Manufacturing Mikael Schuisky said that the step was complicated. But the good news is that they were able to manage and control the procedure. Thanks to their extensive R&D efforts. They have also conducted several trials. While it was extremely difficult, it was worth the cost.

“It was excellent to see what we could achieve when we combine Sandvik’s expertise in materials technology with our trusted capabilities in post processing and additive manufacturing. Although this initiative was complex at first, the company’s knowledge enabled us to lessen the difficulty and achieve successful results along the way,” he further added.

“We have the world’s topnotch expert in additive and material manufacturing. This can benefit a variety of industries across the globe. These can range from automotive, aerospace, and other sectors. This can also allow organisations to use diamond in many applications. While it was conceived impossible before, things have changed,” he said.

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