Binder Jetting Yields Quick, Cost-Effective Samples, Leading to Large MiM-Part Contract

August 4, 2021

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Binder Jetting Yields Quick, Cost-Effective Samples, Leading to Large MiM-Part Contract
Mimtechnik GmbH, based in Schmalkalden, Germany, manufactures small, complex parts via metal injection molding (MiM). Seeking a way to avoid expensive, long-lead-time tooling in order to develop rapid prototypes for a customer's evaluation of a MiM production part, Mimtechnik explored other alternatives, and hit paydirt with metal binder jet printing from ExOne.

The part in question, a building-hardware fastener, would require production at the rate of 600,000 in the first year, and 1.2 million in following years. With an expected lead time of 10-14 weeks for mold tooling, Mimtechnik opted for prototype fastener production directly from a CAD file on an ExOne Innovent+ 3D printer, using 316L high-density, single-alloy powder.



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Forecast: Metal-Powder Market Reaching $9.73 Billion By 2028, With AM a Key Driver
The global metal powder market size is expected to be valued at $9.73 billion by 2028, with a compounded annual growth rate of 6.5 percent along the way, according to a new study by Polaris Market Research. The report, Metal Powder Market Share, Size, Trends, Industry Analysis Report, By Production Method (Chemical, Mechanical, Physical); By Type (Ferrous, Nonferrous); By Application (Additive Manufacturing, Powder Metallurgy, Metal Injection Molding, Others); By End-Use; By Regions; Segment Forecast, 2021-2028, gives a detailed insight into current market dynamics and provides analysis on future market growth.

Manufacturing companies increasingly are turning toward powder metallurgy for production of tooling and parts. While the ferrous segment accounted for the higher market share in 2020, demand for nonferrous metal powder is expected to increase significantly during the forecast period, according to report researchers.


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Automated Depowdering for Metal Binder Jetting
 
 
Digital Metal has introduced the DPS 1000, reportedly the world’s first commercial automated depowdering station for metal binder jetting.  One of the first DPS 1000 customers: Fraunhofer IAPT.

“Metal binder jetting will enhance productivity and precision while at the same time reducing costs of metal additive manufacturing (AM), which opens the door for series production,” says Dr. Philipp Imgrund, head of the AM processes department at Fraunhofer, a European research organization with a mission to industrialize metal AM. “However, one major technical challenge is depowdering of the green parts, and we see a huge potential in working on automation solutions in this context.”


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Shell Leveraging AM for Spare Parts
Believing that AM can reduce spare-parts costs, delivery time and carbon footprint, Shell reveals in a new article that it is collaborating with AM providers to “push the innovation of 3D printing for the energy sector.”

Shell began 3D printing inhouse in 2011, using a metal laser-powered printing machine to produce testing equipment for laboratory experiments at the Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam (Netherlands). Currently, the company employs about 15 metal, polymer and ceramic printers, located at its technology centers in Amsterdam and Bangalore, India.


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Coming in 3DMP's Summer 2021 Issue
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  • 3D Printing of Superalloys
  • Metal-AM Semiconductor Applications
  • Case Studies: Metal 3D Printers in Action


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