Kimura Foundry Group Purchases 10th Desktop Metal Sand Binder Jetting Additive Manufacturing System

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The global foundry group headquartered in Japan relies on Desktop Metal’s ExOne brand sand binder blasting at facilities in Japan and the United States to deliver high-quality castings with on-time delivery. fast execution

BOSTON, March 28, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Desktop Metal, Inc. (NYSE: DM) today announced the sale of 10and 3D digital sand printer at Kimura Foundry Group, a global network of foundries equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to deliver high-quality castings with increased productivity. Following the purchase of a new S-Max®, Kimura Foundry Group now has the largest number of ExOne systems in the world.

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Dr. Yoya Fukuda, president of Kimura Foundry America, with an S-Max at the company’s facility in Shelbyville, Indiana. (Photo: BusinessWire)

ExOne, which was acquired by Desktop Metal in late 2021, is the leading provider of digital sand printing solutions for foundries.

Kimura Foundry Group fully embraces additive manufacturing as the cornerstone of the next industrial revolution. In the first five years after investing in its first ExOne sand binder blasting machines in 2013, Kimura’s revenue increased by more than 500% thanks to the speed and design freedom the new system offered customers. end customers.

To provide rapid molding solutions for R&D prototypes and spare parts, Kimura successfully launched its direct molding process with six ExOne binder jetting systems at multiple facilities in Japan. The company has expanded globally, establishing Kimura Foundry America in 2018 and building a new foundry in Shelbyville, Indiana around the ExOne sand binder jetting process.

Traditional molding processes require a wait of nearly 40 days for tooling. Today, with the ability to offer end-to-end rapid prototyping in-house, Kimura 3D prints molds and cores in proprietary ceramic sand and can produce prototypes in five days.

A new S-Max system to be installed this year will be the third S-Max platform printer in the United States and the 10and ExOne sand binder blasting system for the global enterprise. For production flexibility, Kimura Foundry America also has an ExOne S-Print® with a phenolic binder to process special castings with high temperature alloys.

“When we started with this technology, we researched digital sand casting printers from around the world and chose ExOne for its high-end technology that delivered superior quality prints,” said Dr. Yoya Fukuda, President of Kimura Foundry America.

“We are honored that Kimura, a foundry company with such high quality standards, continues to make us their choice for digital casting solutions,” said Ric Fulop, co-founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. “Kimura Foundry Group is truly at the forefront of using additive manufacturing in production, and is an important partner in our mission to demonstrate the benefits of Additive Manufacturing 2.0 across all industries.”

3D printing S-Max Binder Jet

ExOne’s digital casting solutions have relied on proprietary sand binder jetting technology to successfully create metal casting tools for over twenty years. The S-Max platform, which delivers high quality and speeds for batch and mass production, has been trusted by foundries for over a decade. 3D printing sand molds and cores directly from CAD files allows foundries like Kimura to eliminate the months-long lead times and high costs of traditional sand casting tools. The design freedom of additive manufacturing also allows the production of innovative parts with complex and consolidated geometries for weight reduction and optimized part performance, which is not possible with traditional processes. 3D printing complex one-piece cores also eliminates the assembly of multiple components with traditionally produced cores, which is time-consuming, labor-intensive, and often results in scrap and quality issues.

ExOne will showcase the benefits of its digital casting solutions for foundry core and mold production at North America’s largest metal casting event, CastExpo in Columbus, Ohio, April 23-26. To learn more about the ExOne S-Max, visit www.exone.com/sand.

About Kimura Foundry Group

Based in Shimizu-cho, Japan, Kimura Foundry Group is one of the largest independent, full-service manufacturers of iron, steel and specialty alloy castings. Founded in 1927, the company has been owned and operated by four successive generations of the Kimura family. Today, Kimura employs over 900 people in ten factories in Japan and the United States and serves the automotive, construction machinery, pump and industrial equipment industries with high-precision castings.

About Desktop Metal

Desktop Metal, Inc., based in Burlington, Massachusetts, is accelerating manufacturing transformation with a broad portfolio of 3D printing solutions from rapid prototyping to mass production. Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, metallurgy and robotics, the company is addressing the unmet challenges of speed, cost and quality to make additive manufacturing an essential tool for engineers and manufacturers around the world. Desktop Metal was selected as one of the World’s 30 Most Promising Technology Pioneers by the World Economic Forum, named to MIT Technology Review’s 50 Smartest Companies list, and winner of Fast Company’s 2021 Innovation by Design Award in Materials and Fast Company’s Next Big Things in Tech Award for Sustainability. For more information, visit www.desktopmetal.com.

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