Wear-resistant materials from VBN Components, Uppsala, Sweden, have attracted the interest of the US Armed Forces, who have chosen to evaluate three of the company’s alloys, known as Vibenite®. The alloys have been chosen for the reputed high performance and long lifetime of the resultant additively manufactured metal components.
”This order is of significant importance to us as it may lead to follow-up orders from sub-suppliers of the United States Armed Forces, but also from many other actors – for instance, in Europe,” stated Johan Bäckström, CEO of VBN Components AB.
Since its establishment in 2008, VBN Components has focused on developing wear-resistant metals with better properties than those conventionally manufactured. Amongst the Vibenite materials, the company have reported ‘the world’s hardest steel’ and ‘the world’s only 3D printed cemented carbide’. The company is currently in a strong expansion phase and sees North America as a worthwhile market.