SSAB, an industrial steel producer, has launched the world’s first emission-free steel powder for commercial deliveries, made of recycled SSAB Zero steel. The product will create opportunities for customers to 3D print in steel produced without fossil carbon dioxide emissions. The powder combines the properties of SSAB’s high-strength steel with the light structural possibilities of 3D printing.

“This is a game-changer in the world of 3D printed steel. SSAB has already proven it’s possible to produce steel without carbon dioxide emissions. Now we’re merging emission-free steel with powder technology to enable sustainable 3D printed design with unlimited imagination,” said Johnny Sjöström, EVP and Head of Special Steels at SSAB.

The production of steel is a large source of CO2 emissions when it comes to 3D printing of steel products. By pulverizing SSAB’s emission-free steel with fossil-free energy sources only, the carbon dioxide emissions from the steelmaking are reduced to virtually zero.

Last year, SSAB launched its first conventional steel powder to the market, SSAB AM Engineering, and now the portfolio is expanded with SSAB AM Tough Zero. SSAB also offers its unique fossil-free steel, based on HYBRIT technology, as a powder in limited volumes.

In 2020, SSAB in Oxelösund invested in a steel powder production facility to produce premium advanced high-strength steel powder for AM as a complement to SSAB’s regular steel offering. Steel powder is ideally suited for a limited series of tailormade components or spare parts requiring high structural integrity and optimal functionality. It can be used in a wide variety of industries, from consumer goods to heavy machinery to automotive and more.

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