Despite the continued dominance of polymers in additive manufacturing, metal 3D printing has also grown significantly in recent years with a faster growth rate than many other AM product segments. This is especially the case when it comes to desktop and compact 3D printing solutions. These printers allow metal AM to become more accessible as it is much more cost effective to print through the use of FFF technologies. Now another company is entering the market. Europe’s leading manufacturer of 3D printers, 3DGence, announced to Formnext this year the launch of a new range of metal 3D printers, the ELEMENT series. The series was on display at Formnext and will launch with ultra-compact and compact industrial printers – the MP260 and MP350 – in the first quarter of 2022.
As desktop and compact metal 3D printers gain popularity, it seemed natural for 3DGence to enter the metal AM segment. Ron Faruqui, CEO Americas of 3DGence, noted, “Our goal is to provide our industrial customers with reliable, progressive, industrial-grade FFF technology that is accessible without compromising expected quality. As the focus has recently been on our high temperature thermoplastic printers for sequential and robust printing in high performance materials like ULTEM ™ and the PAEK range, we are now making the natural extension to high performance non-polymeric materials. Indeed, the demand is there, and due to 3DGence’s previous experience with FFF technologies designed for notoriously difficult to print high temperature polymers for end use and metal replacement applications, it is well prepared. for the entrance.
About the new ELEMENT series from 3DGence
3DGence’s ELEMENT series will be launched with two 3D printers. The first, the MP260, is a compact machine that the company designed to be a cost-effective rapid prototyping printer for companies using MIM (metal injection molding). The ELEMENT MP260 will be compatible with two materials, including 316L stainless steel, a popular metallic material. For advanced users looking for a wider range of materials, another version will be available, the MP260X, which is compatible with most sinterable filament materials used in MIM technology. This is possible thanks to a proprietary extrusion system with material detection and specially designed material feeding technology.
Meanwhile, the MP350 is a mid-size industrial metal printer consisting of a complete system including a debinder and a sintering station. It has 80% larger volume than the MP260, as well as higher throughput, super-fast printing speed, and advanced security features. Not to mention, it will be compatible with a wider range of materials in which there will be announcements of key materials at the time of the product’s release, according to the company.
Sebastian Sczasny, Director of Technology Portfolio, MS Galleon / Group CEO, 3DGence concluded, “Over the past 2 years, Metal FFF technology has made significant progress as an affordable entry into the prototyping and production of metal parts. The number of desktop systems that can print metallic filaments on the open market has grown and today’s major industry players are growing steadily despite the economic impact stemming from Covid-19. 3DGence is now entering the Metal FFF segment with mid-size and compact Metal FFF 3D printers to provide a solid and reliable option in the entry-level and mid-price segments – delivering industrial grade quality at scalable prices with our printers MDM from the ELEMENT series. You can find more information about the ELEMENT series HERE.
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