ExOne’s New Metals Adoption and Application Center in Europe Provides One-Stop-Shop for All Binder Jetting Needs
ExOne, an industry leader in binder jet systems with a portfolio of metal and sand 3D printers, has expanded its Application and Adoption Center (EAC) in Europe. The 2,070 square meter center will now offer direct metal binder jet 3D printing as well as its existing sand printing service. Although ExOne already has metal adoption centers in the United States and Japan, this is the first time that such has been available in Europe, marking the combination of two pillars of ExOne’s services, the sand activity developed in Germany and metal activity of American origin. The metal center will complement existing sand centers already in the region and help show customers the benefits of metal binder blasting, especially for industries such as the metal injection molding sector.
Discussing the importance of having this new center, Eric Bader, Managing Director, said: “We see the demand in the market to have an adaptation and application center in Europe. All kinds of markets think and behave differently and we have it in the US for example, but the flexibility that we gain through the EAC located in Germany is of enormous value. Customers can really come and see us, especially in this pandemic where it’s more complicated than before, and with the EAC, they can see the technology live. “ With the opening of this new expansion, there will be a center located in Europe where the entire process chain will be under one roof. This is a significant benefit for customers on the mainland as previously it was necessary to ship parts from the United States, which delayed the entire process. Now everyone will be able to experience the binder jet for every step of the process, including debinding and sintering.
ExOne notes that its real focus lies in introducing users to ExOne’s binder jet technology and how it can be optimized and used in innovative ways. ExOne has seen the growing interest in binder jet and its applications, and by expanding into metallic EAC they can help foster that interest by providing users with a safe space to test how binder jet can benefit them. With experts in various fields including materials science, post-processing and more, customers will be supported every step of the way. With this center, ExOne now offers sand and metal binder blasting through its EACs in Europe and the United States.
Differences between sand and metal printing and their applications
Although ExOne is known for both, there are distinct differences between sandblasting and metal binder blasting, especially in their applications. This makes the expansion of the Application and Adoption Center in Europe even more appropriate. For example, sand binder blasting is more of an indirect process. It is often used to create cores and molds for tooling, mass production is also possible. The metal binder jet on the other hand is good for manufacturing small and medium parts in large quantities. The ExOne Binder Jetting (Sand + Metal) family is able to cover metal parts from a few grams to hundreds of kilos, which offers the customer a wide range and great flexibility.
Through an EAC that processes the metal as well as the existing sand center, ExOne enables customers from various industries. Oliver Hanitzsch, Regional Sales Manager, Extended, “It’s interesting because we are not limited to industries! At the moment there is customers from all kinds of industries: medical, luxury, sports, automotive all kinds of sectors. There is a horizontal cut across all of these industries and that makes it interesting because you get up in the morning and don’t know what app you will be approached with.
The use of binder jet for metal injection molding industry
One of the main attractions of the new metal CAE is its use for the metal injection molding industry. Often times metal additive manufacturing is compared to injection molding in terms of what parts are created and which are best used. While the new metal center is not supposed to replace the use of metal injection molding in the region, ExOne believes it will prove the importance of metal binder jet as a tool.
As you may be aware, one aspect of AM that is attractive to many metal manufacturers is that unlike metal injection molding, users using metal AM do not need to craft a tool before starting. manufacturing, which significantly reduces the time required to manufacture the part and therefore saves money. With processes such as metal binder blasting, parts can be manufactured almost immediately after they are designed and optimized.
In addition, according to the company, the metal adoption and application center will be especially attractive to customers who need parts of different sizes, since they do not need to make a mold that can only be used. ‘once. Agility is the main benefit of metal AM for this particular industry, because by using ExOne technology, users will be able to iterate multiple iterations over the time that would typically be spent building a specific tool. With the metallic EAC in Europe, MIM customers will be able to experience the binder jet and see how it could be of interest to their own business and manufacturing processes. For example, creating tools with internal cooling channels, thereby increasing the quality of the process. You can find out more about the ExOne Metal Adoption Center on the ExOne website. HERE or in the video below.
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