Finnish machinery firm Metso announced that it has delivered the first set of valves with parts created using 3D printing from its Helsinki plant.
The valves include 3D printed metal components that, according to Metso, allow the valves to perform in a particularly demanding application where they need to withstand numerous fast open-close cycles without maintenance.
“We are at the forefront of using 3D printing in valve applications, having started testing the suitability of 3D printing technologies for metal components already years ago,” said Jukka Borgman, Metso’s director of Technology Development.
“We have defined and prototyped several concepts where the 3D printed components can provide new levels of valve performance compared to components manufactured with traditional methods.”
Metso claims that the 3D printed parts and related methodological investigations form part of a broader digitalisation project. In addition to valve component production, Metso is also using 3D printing to additively manufacture tools.
“The beauty of 3D printing is that it allows the customer to have devices whose new properties can only be implemented using the 3D printing method. With certain products, a key benefit for the customer can be exceptionally quick delivery times,” said Jani Puroranta, Metso chief digital officer.