At the end of February, SAMSON achieved certification as a materials manufacturer for the additive manufacturing (AM) of parts in compliance with the Pressure Equipment Directive. By applying the laser beam powder bed fusion method for metals (LB-PBF-M), SAMSON is now capable of making pressurized valve parts of the stainless steels 1.4401/316 and 1.4404/316L. The 3D printer makes it possible to manufacture valves in sizes up to DN 100/NPS 4 that weigh max. 250 kg.
At the initial stage, production will focus on blanks for novel valve trims before moving on to printing order-specific parts for customers at the second stage. Additionally, SAMSON is planning to get certified for further metal powders to manufacture parts of other standard materials commonly used in the process industry, such as nickel-based and titanium alloys.