VBN Components Advances Metal AM Research with New Industrial PhD Collaboration

Press release 11 December 2023

VBN Components, known for its highly wear-resistant Vibenite® alloys produced through additive manufacturing, actively pursues advanced research to enhance material properties. This ongoing effort aims to improve the performance of materials for customers. The company maintains a longstanding collaboration with the Ångström Laboratory at Uppsala University, which is now intensifying through advanced material research performed by an Industrial PhD Student. Saad Khalid, MSc, is a graduate from the Master’s Programme in Additive Manufacturing at Uppsala University and employed at VBN Components for a few years. He has now initiated his doctoral research work on the topic “Spatially controlled structural variations – a new concept for tailoring wear-resistant 3D-printed metals” at the Tribomaterials Group. In this endeavour, he will continue VBN’s material research, supervised by CTO Ulrik Beste. The position is selected and co-financed by WISE and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, supporting “Materials Science for a Sustainable World.”

“As an SME, it is rare to be able to offer a PhD research position, but VBN can do this thanks to its significant and unique materials development focus. We are grateful for the collaboration with Uppsala University, as well as WISE and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, with whom we will realise the project,” says Magnus Bergman, CEO of VBN Components.

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Caption: Saad Khalid, MSc is conducting material research for VBN Components in collaboration with the Tribomaterials group at Uppsala University.

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