Newsletter June 2023

Dear VBN Friends,

We hope this newsletter finds you well. As we enter the summer season, we want to take a moment to recap some exciting news and updates from VBN Components. You might have already seen that we have been very active at exhibitions and congresses on three different continents, and that we can now refer to VBN as “purveyor to His Majesty the King” (well, more or less…). We also have great results with our die-cutting doctor blades at Prime Blade Sweden, and we inaugurated our new heat treatment machine, so expect shorter lead-times from now on!

Great results with PrimeBlade Sweden

In the beginning of 2023 we announced that our customer PrimeBlade Sweden AB is more than happy with the punches and dies in Vibenite® 150 that perform about 50% better than the previous ones in a traditional top steel, when die-cutting doctor blades. The doctor blades are used to remove excess paint from anilox rolls in the printing process in the packaging industry globally. Read more.

VBN’s 3D printing is fit for a king

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From the right: VBN’s CTO Ulrik Beste with Isabelle Bodén, Customer relations, King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

On 27 April VBN was given the great honour to represent innovation and entrepreneurship in Uppsala county when celebrating King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 50 years as Chief of State. A commemorative plaque and tree-planting shovel were produced in hybrid carbide Vibenite® 480 for the occasion. Below you can follow the production process from CAD-drawing to printing, heat-treatment, grinding and final use. Read the whole story.

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Plaque and shovel printed by VBN to commemorate the King of Sweden’s 50 years as Chief of State.

Inauguration party for the URQ-HIP

In May we could finally inaugurate our new URQ-HIP (Uniform Rapid Quenching-Hot Isostatic Pressing) machine. It offers “HIP:ing”, heat treatment and rapid quenching. In this way, pore-free materials are guaranteed, but above all, we will be able to develop our alloys further, for instance through even higher hardness and toughness! As you know we continuously invest in developing alloys with better properties than traditional ones, and our new machine will accompany us on this journey! Read more.

Recent fairs and congresses

As hinted, we have been exhibiting and giving presentations on three different continents this year. Below are some of the highlights from our globetrotting in Japan, Germany, and the US.

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Pär Arumskog, Field Application and Development Engineer, presents at EBAM 2023, Germany.

Pär also presented (in Japanese!) at the Spring Meeting of the Japan Society of Powder and Powder Metallurgy on the topic “Metal AM of hard materials: material
properties of EBM-processed high-speed steels and cemented carbides”.

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What was new at Rapid + TCT 2023?

VBN Components is featured as one of the interesting first-time exhibitors of Rapid + TCT Chicago (at 11:26).

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