Next wave in 3D printing
3D printing has evolved from a viable technology for prototyping and training purposes into a robust and reliable production process that is ideal for small, complex shapes. As 3D printing does not require production tooling, such as casting patterns, it makes it economically feasible to customize valve features for an individual valve or customer.
Valmet’s Flow Control business line is one of the 3D frontrunners in the valve business. In 2018, we delivered the first valves with 3D-printed parts. We have recently manufactured an entire 3D-printed valve body, which was installed in a customer process for field testing.