Industrial 3D printer maker ExOne has introduced fine powder printing capability for its Innovent printer, designed for R&D teams and education labs. These printers can now print with industry-standard metal and ceramic powders of less than 10 microns.
The industrial-grade, laboratory-sized Innovent 3D printer is designed for industrial R&D, commercial and laboratory research, and educational institutions. The binder-jetting technology it employs is similar to ExOne’s M-Flex, which uses a print head to selectively dispense micro-droplets of specially engineered binder into very thin layers of powdered metal.
The printer’s build box size of 160 mm x 65 mm x 65 mm (6.3 inch x 2.5 inch x 2.5 inch) is large enough for prototyping and for the production quantities needed for parts typically made using metal injection molding and powder metallurgy. The machine also makes it possible to test materials properties with a specific build box for the technical qualification of materials, combined with a smaller overall platform size than other industrial-grade 3D printers.
>>Read more by Ann R. Thryft, Design News, 10/21/16