The High North Tour 2021: Scandinavia’s Only Metal Printer is in Narvik

Dmitri Plotnikov and Jan-Arne Pettersen studying machine parts produced by the metal printer. (Photo: Arne O. Holm)

Narvik: There is only one of its kind in all of Scandinavia, and it is located in Narvik. Investing in a 3D metal printer takes the tech community at UiT Narvik to new hights.

There is not much to remind us of a traditional university in the facilities where Institute Leader Jan-Arne Pettersen and Engineer Dmitri Plotnikov proudly present the metal printer that came in place in December 2019. A machine so unique and complicated that they still work on learning how to use it.

Though Dmitry Plotnikov assures us that so far, the machine parts produced by the pr inter have turned out exactly the way they were meant to be.

What is special about this machine is that it makes the parts while also conducting a machining treatment of the produced units.

Leader Jan-Arne Pettersen at the Institute for Industrial Technology has grand future visions for the metal printer.

“I believe we will have hubs or sites in the bigger towns where there will be a number of types of 3D printers, so that you can order your product online, have the digital information transmitted there and then produce your item locally. Lighter products and less materials that are also easier to transport allow for a significant sustainability potential”, Pettersen says.

What is it about the Narvik community that makes you break new ground like this?

Intelligent production methods

“We are talking about a community that has worked a lot on interaction between man and machine, with intelligent production methods and with optimizing both design and production itself. We also have communities that excel in logistics and intelligent logistics, in value chains and supply chains. Now, we have also started to look into the production side of logistics, as it is time to do something about it.”

Watch the unique machine at work and see the entire interview with Jan-Arne Pettersen and Dmitri Plotnikov on top of this page.

(Subtitles in English.)

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