The world's first component suitable for a forest machine 3D printed using fossil-free steel powder
September 19, 2023 15:10 CEST 6 min read
HT Laser has 3D printed the world's first component suitable for forest machine using fossil-free material. The printed part is designed to be suitable for Ponsse forest machines. The batch of steel powder produced by SSAB used in the printing of the component is the world's first fossil-free steel powder suited for the powder bed manufacturing method. The powder is produced without carbon dioxide emissions using fossil-free energy sources.
SSAB produces premium sustainable powder grades for additive manufacturing. SSAB uses fossil-free steel as raw material and has complete control of the powder production process, gas atomization, thereby ensuring top quality and the right powder sizes for their partners. Ponsse is one of the world's leading forest machine manufacturers.
HT Laser started 3D metal printing in 2017. With 3D metal printing, qualitatively suitable parts are achieved using a fully optimized amount of material. Printing enables minimized material use as well as a lower environmental load compared to traditional processing. SSAB's product development brings a new level of sustainability to design possibilities.
“Sustainable manufacturing is essential for the future and together with HT Laser and Ponsse, we are spearheading the development and implementation of a holistic solution,” says Jesper Vang, head of Powder Technology at SSAB.