In the autumn of 2018, HT Laser made the decision to purchase a 3D metal printer, and by the end of the year, the machine itself and related equipment were ready.
The company prepared very carefully for the new technology. Already a couple of years before the investment, the company established a 3D academy, where staff from all sections could learn about the possibilities and requirements of the method.
According to Teiskonen, it was noteworthy how much preparation was required in order to start printing. The company had never handled powder or gas on such a large scale and it was important to handle them with utmost care, as they are a critical element regarding occupational safety.
In Finland, the majority of engineering companies interested in printing rely on the expertise and services of around five Finnish subcontractors. HT Laser stands out in relation to its competitors because of its size. HT Laser manufactures components and assemblies in seven locations in Finland, and in Poznan, Poland. Their production technologies include, for example, laser welding with a robot, which is ideal for welding printed components together. According to Sanna Teiskonen, the company is in an excellent position to offer products where the printed component is part of a larger entity.