Subscribe to the EPMA Mailing List

Hydraulic valve

Company Logo
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Share this page:
Hydraulic valve
Benefit: Weight Saving
Main Forming Process: Additive Manufacturing
Material: Aluminium


Strong and light hydraulic valve with minimal risk of leakage. To save time, VTT enhanced the topologically optimized valve in STL in Materialise 3-matic, positioned the part, created support structures in data preparation software Materialise Magics, and sent the file directly to the SLM metal printing machine.


  • Weight reduction by 76% compared with the original part (2.5kg)
  • Cost effective for bionic design produced in small series
  • Less risk of leakage since auxiliary drillings are no longer needed
  • Improved flow thanks to smooth transitions between the internal channels

The information contained in these case studies is provided by third parties and although EPMA does its best to ensure the case studies are accurate it is not liable for any mistakes or wrong information

Go To Top