The Vibenite® materials
VBN Components has created a range of 3D printed, extremely hard, wear and heat resistant metals, to be used for components in demanding applications. We can produce your components in-house, according to your 3D CAD drawing, or provide you with a licence to produce in your own premises.
The Vibenite® materials share several benefits. Thanks to the additive manufacturing process, you have the chance to design complex geometries, combine several parts into one, add channels for media, reduce weight, or add other features to your component without any soft machining. You can also look forward to fast product development since your ideas can be easily implemented by simply creating a new 3D CAD drawing! The materials are produced from gas atomised metal powder and are therefore classified as powder metallurgy (PM) materials. The method is called AM-HSS™.
All Vibenite® materials are extremely wear resistant and hard due to the ultrafine and uniform microstructure. The hardness and toughness can be tailored by the heat-treating steps in individual ranges. The high performance combined with less unnecessary material use leads to long lifetime, high productivity, and cost savings.
Vibenite® 130 is under development and will be the toughest Vibenite® alloy. It is an additive manufacturing grade similar to the most common tool steel grade H13, but with improved properties. It possesses high toughness with a hardness range of 48–58 HRC, according to your choice. This alloy will be perfect if you have a high demand on toughness and ductility, but still want excellent wear resistant properties and design freedom. It is suitable for many general applications, but also for cold work, powder pressing, blanking, extrusion and plastics processing. The alloy also performs well in hot works such as hot stamping, extrusion dies and similar components.
Vibenite® 280 is an extremely wear and heat-resistant PM material, especially suitable for cutting applications such as gear hobs, broaches, shaper cutters and wear parts, or as a hard, heat-resistant substrate material for PVD coatings. The fine microstructure with high volume of fine, well-dispersed carbides results in a high toughness. Its hardness is in the range of approximately 63–70 HRC (780–1000 HV). It has proven to raise production capacity for industrial tools, for instance in engine production. Extreme erosive resistance has also been noted in customer applications.
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