Ceratizit Wins Award for Additive Manufacturing of Carbide Parts
Company wins FEDIL business federation’s 2020 Innovation Award in the Process category for the development of a new process for the additive manufacturing of tungsten carbide-cobalt.
Director of Research Dr. Ralph Useldinger and Project Manager Dr. Christian Lamberti at the award ceremony.
The Ceratizit Group has won a 2020 Innovation Award from the FEDIL business federation in the Process category for the development of a new process for the additive manufacturing of tungsten carbide-cobalt. The company says the process for cemented carbide components is an ideal solution for small volumes and high-component complexity.
The additive manufacturing of components made of plastic, steel and other materials has grown in importance over the last few years. However, in the case of cemented carbide, there had not been a reliable additive process that achieved the same standard of quality as the traditional manufacturing processes which had been established and optimized over decades.
With this newly developed process, the company says it can achieve the customary quality of products manufactured by pressing and machining, and be more responsive to customer requirements.
“Additive manufacturing of carbide products provides us with more flexibility in terms of implementing customer requirements and opens new design possibilities, which we can use to offer our customers highly optimized, individual solutions in minimum time,” says Dr. Ralph Useldinger, head of Ceratizit R&D.
The process is said to enable both faster delivery at lower costs as well as more freedom of design, particularly in the development of prototypes. By producing geometry directly from the design software, 3D printing enables faster planning and implementation of projects, without the use of production-intensive shapes and dies as well as expensive, diamond-tipped tools which are needed for the machining of carbide parts.
A big benefit of additive manufacturing is also the wider range of possible shapes due to the direct production of free-form contours which can go beyond the limits of traditional manufacturing processes. Geometries can now be manufactured that were previously considered unfeasible, including structures that have undercuts or areas inaccessible to cutting tools, such as cavities and channels inside the finished body which cannot be accessed from outside at a later stage.