VTT equips itself for future of product development
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has installed plasma equipment in Tampere to develop and pilot 3D printing powders with.
There are only a few such devices in Europe and mainly in use by research departments. VTT makes the equipment available for academia and industry as well, which will especially benefit machine and equipment manufacturers and the energy sector.
Plasma treatment can change the properties of various raw materials, and the flowability of a material can, for example, be raised to a level in par with 3D printing devices. The treatment is especially effective in the processing of metal-ceramic composite powders.
The new plasma equipment considerably strengthens VTT’s pilot environment for powder materials and will enable pilots across the entire production chain.
“We facilitate the entire production chain, from raw material to the testing of the finished component, thereby avoiding interruptions in companies’ own production processes,” says Tomi Lindroos, research team leader at VTT.