A Swedish engineering group has 3D printed the world’s first composite diamond. According to Mikael Schuisky, Head of R&D and Operations at Sandvik Additive Manufacturing and RAPID + TCT show in Detroit, “Diamond is harder than anything else in nature. It is a key component in a large range of wear-resistant tools in the industry, but since it’s so hard and complicated to machine it is almost impossible to form complex shapes. To solve this, Sandvik has developed a proprietary process making it possible to 3D print diamond composite, meaning that this super-hard material now can be printed in highly complex shapes – and can thereby revolutionize the way industries use the hardest natural material on the planet.
We can now create strong diamond composites in very complex shapes through additive manufacturing, which fundamentally will change how industries can use this material. The only limit to how this super-hard material can be shaped and used is the designer’s imagination.
According to Susanne Norgren, Adjunct Professor in Applied Materials Science at Uppsala University, “Sandvik’s 3D printed diamond composite is a true innovation. It means we can begin using diamonds in applications and shapes never conceived possible before. Just imagine what it could do to industries when it is possible to print anything, in any shape – in the diamond.”
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