Desktop Metal has introduced the S-Max Flex--what it calls an “accessible new binder jetting system”—built by combining its technologies and expertise with those of its subsidiary ExOne. The machine is specifically designed to provide foundries with a robust, low-cost means of creating sand tooling for metal-casting applications.
“We designed the S-Max Flex from the ground up leveraging single-pass jetting technology,” says Ric Fulop, co-founder and CEO of Desktop Metal, “with the idea of making premium sand 3D printing accessible to every foundry, so that more companies can take advantage of the benefits of AM 2.0, such as distributed, local production, and remain competitive for the long-term.”
Systems offers a free download of its ebook, Lower Cost, Boost
Efficiency: Reducing Part Count with Additive Manufacturing, which
promises help in cost-effectively creating complex designs using 3D
metal printing and enabling parts makers the ability to rethink their
design and manufacturing processes. The ebook, created with
manufacturing executives, managers, engineers and designers in mind,
features real-world examples that detail the benefits of part
consolidation courtesy of metal additive manufacturing (AM).
Performance Metals (UPM) has opened its new additive manufacturing (AM)
solutions center, which provides new stainless-steel, nickel and
titanium build plates customized to any size or machine. in Hamilton,
OH. UPM provides end-to-end supply-chain products and services for the
AM market, from feed stock supply management to finished-part
manufacturing. The company also offers closed-loop refurbishment of
existing build plates through additional milling and grinding, and
wire-EDM build-plate removal.
The Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) recently awarded a $1.5 million grant to 6K Inc., which is expected to boost the manufacturer’s production of AM materials as well as batteries for electric vehicles, grid storage, and consumer electronics. 6K’s UniMelt technology recycles scrap materials or used metal powder or parts and transforms them into metal-AM powder. 6K plans to build a 33,000-sq.-ft. battery center of excellence pre-production facility in North Andover, MA, and the M212 grant will fund the purchase of one new UniMelt system.
…to instill confidence in metal additive-manufacturing process repeatability and predictability to overcome supply-chain and spare-parts challenges and support U.S. Army readiness.
Prototype Metal Parts at One-Tenth the Cost During Caldwell Mfg.’s strategic-planning meeting in 2010, executives looked at what kind of technologies were going to be disruptive, and unanimously agreed that 3D printing would be the key to their success. Today, the firm prints prototype metal parts that would traditionally be cast from zinc or aluminum.
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