The ExOne Company announced a collaboration that has added bonded tungsten to its portfolio of 3D printing material.
ExOne and rp+m worked collaboratively to develop the application of bonded tungsten in the design of rp+m's products to be used in protecting people and their environments from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation, according to the company. The 3D printed products provide solutions that reduce development time and costs traditionally associated with fabrication and tooling, as well as production lead time. rp+m and its partner, Radiation Protection Technologies, target bundled solutions for lead (Pb) replacement for the medical imaging and aerospace markets.
rp+m has ordered an M-Flex machine to develop solutions in bonded tungsten, which replaces lead (Pb), with a Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliant solution.
"3D printed bonded tungsten is a great solution for radiation shielding because the M-Flex(TM) can create complex shapes for these applications that would be difficult to create with conventional methods of manufacturing," said Rick Lucas, ExOne CTO. "Our collaboration with rp+m demonstrates the power of ExOne's strategy in engaging customers in the early stages of the materials development process, yielding direct applications in new markets."
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.