Valves, Actuators & Pump Control


First Metso valves with 3D printed parts

February 2019 Valves, Actuators & Pump Control

Metso’s Helsinki plant has delivered the first valves with 3D printed parts. The units include 3D printed metal components that allow them to perform in a particularly demanding application, where they need to withstand numerous fast open-close cycles without maintenance.

“We are at the forefront of using 3D printing in valve applications, having already started testing the suitability of the technology for metal components years ago,” says director of technology development, Jukka Borgman. “We have defined and prototyped several concepts where the 3D printed components can provide new levels of valve performance compared to components manufactured with traditional methods.”

“The beauty of 3D printing is that it allows the customer to have devices whose new properties can only be implemented using the 3D printing method,” adds Jani Puroranta, Metso’s chief digital officer. “With certain products, another key benefit for the customer can be exceptionally quick delivery times.”

The 3D printed parts and related methodological investigations are part of a broader digitalisation project at Metso. In addition to valve component production, Metso is already using 3D printing to additively manufacture tools used to make minerals consumables parts.

See how the components were printed at https://tinyurl.com/ydc577rq

For more information contact Metso South Africa, +27 31 502 9350, steve.clark@metso.com, www.metso.com


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