Tungsten carbide specialist Kennametal has joined a GE Additive program to improve binder jet 3D printing.

Kennametal will work with GE to develop applications for serial production on GE’s binder jet system, using its cemented tungsten carbide additive materials.

According to the companies, tungsten carbide and cobalt chrome alloys have improved wear, heat and corrosion performance. Kennametal is focused on improving its materials for 3D printing with the aim of producing fully finished components with complex designs, shorter lead times and improved performance not possible through traditional manufacturing.

“Customers are increasingly seeking our 3D printed tungsten carbide and Stellite solutions to help them maximize their productivity in challenging applications when wear and corrosion resistance are critical,” said Jay Verellen, general manager, Kennametal additive manufacturing.