ExOne and SSI Partner to Drive Volume Production with Metal Binder Jetting
International supplier of high-performance metal products for automotive and industrial markets, SSI Sintered Specialties purchases X1 160Pro™ and InnoventPro® 3L metal 3D printers for production and is now partnering with
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“The addition of metal binder jetting to SSI’s technology portfolio was the natural next step in providing our customers with the most advanced technology on the market to produce complex geometries in volume production,” said
SSI has over 40 years of powder metallurgy experience and metal 3D printing adds to the company’s existing capabilities in Press and Sinter powder metallurgy and nontraditional Metal Injection Molding. With ExOne’s 3D printers and SSI’s furnace and sintering capabilities, the parts manufacturer will offer components with increased complexity and size for volume production with no tooling in a variety of metals.
The investment in ExOne’s binder jet technology is just one of the steps in SSI’s business strategy to embrace additive manufacturing and bring new manufacturing solutions for volume production.
“ExOne is delighted to have our cutting-edge binder jet technology adopted by such an experienced powder metallurgy partner and high-quality parts supplier such as SSI,” said
In addition to serving customers, SSI and
Binder jet additive manufacturing is a method of 3D printing in which a digital file is used to quickly inkjet a binder into a bed of powder particles — such as metal, sand, or ceramic — to create a solid part, one thin layer at a time. When printing metals, the final bound metal part must be sintered in a furnace to fuse the particles together into a solid object. Binder jetting is highly similar to MIM and PM manufacturing techniques, with the exception that the pre-sintered part is 3D printed rather than being formed by a press or molding. ExOne’s Triple ACT ensures high consistency, repeatability, and quality in the printed part.
The InnoventPro 3L, which features a build area of 220 x 125 x 100 mm (8.7 x 4.9 x 3.9 in), is slated for delivery in the first half of 2022 and will be the world’s most advanced metal binder jetting system with the capability to print ExOne’s groundbreaking NanoFuse™ particulate binders. The X1 160Pro is the world’s largest metal binder jetting system with a build area of 800 x 500 x 400 mm (31.5 x 19.7 x 15.8 in) and offers the most qualified materials. The two systems use the same printheads, so customers can easily scale their R&D on the InnoventPro to production with the 160Pro.
About SSI Sintered Specialties
SSI Sintered Specialties is your leading metallurgical solutions partner for the concept, design, and production of complex, high performance metal components. Our talented team of over 400 technical experts enable our global customer base to lead their industries with new technology that promotes a sustainable future and rethinks technology norms. In our commitment to innovation, we are aggressively pioneering advanced press and sinter powder metallurgy, metal injection molding and metal 3D printing processes to unlock the full potential for material and product development. Visit www.ssisintered.com for more information.
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