The ExOne Company, a provider of 3D printing machines and printed products to industrial customers, announced that it added iron infiltrated with bronze as a new 3D printing material and has also increased its suite of binder solutions for its 3D printing process.
Manufacturing iron-based products using ExOne’s 3D printing technology allows for the direct creation of more intricate products than traditional manufacturing processes, and creates a more cost effective alternative to current 3D printing materials such as stainless steel, the company says. According to the company, it prioritized its development of iron infiltrated with bronze as a result of general customer interest and the breadth of the manufacturing market.
To further develop its reach into the molds and casting industry, ExOne has added phenolic and sodium silicate to its suite of binders for use in its 3D printing process. Phenolic binder, used with ceramic sand in the 3D printing of molds and cores, allows customers to cast higher heat alloys, create higher strength molds and cores, and improve the quality of casting through reduced expansion of the mold or core.
ExOne’s Material Applications Laboratory (ExMAL), currently has eleven other materials under various stages of development.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.