Materialise, ArcelorMittal Partner for Metal 3D Printing

LEUVEN, Belgium, June 4, 2024 – Materialise, a global leader in 3D printing software and services, and ArcelorMittal Powders, a business unit of ArcelorMittal established to produce high-quality steel powders, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to create solutions to optimize laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) equipment and metal 3D printing strategies. Through the MOU, ArcelorMittal will use Materialise’s next-gen build processor for 3D printers.

“Our collaboration with Materialise supports our vision that the key to success in additive manufacturing is about finding the right blend of digital instructions and steel powders to deliver the best balance of quality and productivity in an application. Whether developing new applications with new alloys or proving the feasibility of new designs for existing applications through steel additive manufacturing, Materialise offers us a formidable channel to bring build instructions straight to the heart of a 3D printer,” said Aubin Defer, chief marketing officer, ArcelorMittal Powders.

From left to right: Karel Brans, senior director partnerships, Materialise Software; Aubin Defer, CMO, ArcelorMittal Powders; Colin Hautz, CEO, ArcelorMittal Powders; Udo Eberlein, vice president, Materialise Software; Bart Van der Schueren, CTO, Materialise

The two companies are partnering to develop solutions that integrate Materialise’s next-gen build processor and ArcelorMittal Powders’ AdamIQ range of steel powders to enhance LPBF, the most widely used additive manufacturing technology for producing metal parts. Build processors link 3D printers with data preparation software, streamlining the additive manufacturing process from design to print. Materialise’s next-gen build processor supports larger build volumes and more complex geometries than traditional build processors, so users will be able to customize process parameters, streamline workflows, and print faster. Combined with the AdamIQ steel powders made specifically for additive manufacturing applications, these printing solutions help improve setup and production speed, part quality, cost-efficiency, reproducibility, and repeatability.

“Our collaboration with ArcelorMittal marks a significant milestone in advancing our shared vision. By enhancing processes and solutions, we aim to expand the applications and industries utilizing additive manufacturing. This partnership brings us closer to a future where 3D printing achieves its full potential, enabling both mass customization and large-scale production,” said Udo Eberlein, vice president of software at Materialise.

Materialise has more than 30 years of 3D printing experience and a proven track record for providing build processors. ArcelorMittal Powders combines nearly 20 years of metallurgical expertise to provide steel solutions for additive manufacturing applications.

About Materialise

Materialise incorporates more than three decades of 3D printing experience into a range of software solutions and 3D printing services that empower sustainable 3D printing applications. Their open, secure, and flexible end-to-end solutions enable flexible industrial manufacturing and mass personalization in various industries — including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, eyewear, art and design, wearables, and consumer goods. Headquartered in Belgium and with branches worldwide, Materialise combines the largest group of software developers in the industry with one of the world’s largest and most complete 3D printing facilities

About ArcelorMittal Powders

ArcelorMittal Powders is a business unit of ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel and mining company, that was established to produce high-quality steel powders. Leveraging ArcelorMittal’s metallurgical and digital expertise, the business is focused on unleashing the potential of steel additive manufacturing.

Under the AdamIQ brand, ArcelorMittal Powders offers a range of Steel Powders and 3D-printing-related services engineered to provide productivity, innovation, and sustainability in expanding the use of steel additive manufacturing in more and more applications.

Produced from recycled steel using renewable energy, AdamIQ Steel Powders can create new opportunities in all industry sectors, as they allow the production of complex, precise and customised parts with improved properties, while simultaneously reducing material waste, creating a positive benefit for people and planet.

With the focus on productivity, the AdamIQ brand also refers to the 3D-printing-related services offered, such as parameter set optimization, load management, print speed, or bulk file optimization.

For more information about ArcelorMittal Powders, please visit http://powders.arcelormittal.com.

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