Pure tungsten parts made by Powder Bed Laser Melting

Medical Imaging component manufacturer Smit Röntgen, a Philips brand, is a leading manufacturer capable of controlled processing pure tungsten via the additive manufacturing technique Powder Bed Laser Melting. This novel and unique 3D printing technology offers great freedom of design and allows custom-made, highly complex shaped parts to be manufactured from pure tungsten. 

From the start, Smit Röntgen has collaborated with EOS GmbH to develop extensive know-how on every step of the process by feeding back all the knowledge we acquire. As a result Smit Röntgen became the first EOS GmbH service provider for the refractory metal pure tungsten. By joining forces with this technology and market leader for design-driven additive manufacturing solutions, Smit Röntgen is continuously redefining the use of Powder Bed Laser Melting for large volume additive manufacturing of pure tungsten parts. 

Our focus lies on innovative product and process development. In order to further develop this additive manufacturing process we have invested extensively in production, post-processing and measurement equipment. The availability of verification and validation facilities in-house is key for the development of additive manufacturing process in order to ensure short design cycles. It is essential for the time-to-market of fully functional products and the importance of this expertise should not be underestimated. 

Some examples of applications for pure tungsten are listed below. Go to any of the following application areas for further information:   

  • Collimation solutions and beam shaping: due to its excellent ionizing radiation absorption characteristics, pure tungsten is the preferred metal for collimation and beam shaping solutions in medical and nuclear energy industries.
  • Thermal and radiation shielding solutions: thanks to the high melting point of pure tungsten it is often used for thermal or radiation shielding in medical and nuclear energy industries. 
  • Balance weights: thanks to its density and weight, pure tungsten is often used as a balance weight in the aerospace and defense, leisure, optical and automotive industries, for example.
  • Non-magnetic parts: pure tungsten is a non-magnetic metal and is used in medical MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and leisure industries. 
  • And many more...

We would be pleased to explore any application field that you may have in mind. If you would like to discuss your product design ideas with us, click here to contact us directly by email or call us on +31 40 27 62707.