Sandvik has published a report covering the corrosion mechanisms and properties of 3D printed stainless steels.

The company wants to make it safer to use the material in industries operating in demanding applications such as offshore and marine. It is important to predict how the powder will perform in corrosive environments, Sandvik said.

The guidelines have been published as part of the AMCO project, funded by innovation agency Vinnova and coordinated by metals research institute Swerim. Other partners include Alfa Laval and Quintus Technologies.

“When it comes to this rapidly evolving technology – and across all the demanding industries that are already utilizing or starting to consider using additive manufacturing (AM) due to its numerous business critical advantages – safe implementation is key,” said Peter Harlin, research leader at Sandvik Additive Manufacturing. “My hopes are that these guidelines will facilitate the continued growth and industrialization of additive manufacturing.”

The guidelines can be found here.