Webinar: Insights from VBN Components: Redefining wear resistance through 3D printing of hard metals with high carbide content


An essential component to producing successful additive parts is the material used to make them. The Material properties that can be achieved will dictate whether additive is a viable technology for manufacturing parts. 

Swedish company VBN Components – which is known for producing the world’s hardest, commercially available steel – focuses on developing wear resistant alloys with remarkable properties. Their Vibenite® materials are produced from gas atomized metal powder, significantly reducing the raw material cost.

Join this webinar, during which VBN’s Dr. Beste will explore the Vibenite® materials and give real-life examples of achievable application benefits.



Dr. Ulrik Beste
Chief Technical Officer
VBN Components

Dr. Ulrik Beste has been working with materials through his whole career. A Master of Science in Engineering Physics and Material Science was followed by a Doctoral Thesis in Material Science, with a deep tribological analysis on cemented carbide wear in rock drilling. After working in the rock drilling business, he joined a metal powder manufacturer as a material developer, to later gain responsibility for the atomizing unit in the build of the largest gas metal powder factory in the world. His in-depth knowledge of materials was the key to founding VBN Components in 2008, where he is still working today as CTO. Ulrik is also very interested in cars, politics, and pop music.

Christina Wiklund
EMEA Sales Leader
GE Additive

Christina Wiklund was named to her current position as EMEA Sales Leader in GE Additive on August 2018. In this role, she provides strategic direction to drive additive manufacturing and industry growth in Europe, while leading GE Additive’s EMEA sales team.

Christina is an energetic B2B Sales & Account Management Leader with over 15 years’ experience in international strategic business development with a focus on operational excellence for existing account management operations. Christina has extensive experience working with large global companies that operate with vertically integrated supply chains. She is a dedicated leader that focuses on ensuring customer satisfaction, revenue growth and improved long-term profitability. Christina’s management style is focused on inclusion and collaboration.

Christina joined GE from Flex, a global manufacturing & supply chain solutions company, where she was Vice President of Sales and Account Management, managing sales and account teams with responsibility of +$2B business revenue. Prior to Flex, Christina worked at Solectron in Business Development and Account Management roles, and at telecom provider Ericsson in Sales and Bid Management. She started her career as a Foreign University Lecturer in Jiangxi, China.

Christina studied at Umeå University, Sweden; York University, Canada; and Stanford Graduate School of Business - Executive Education Program.

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