ExOne Launches World’s Broadest Portfolio of Industrial- Grade 3D Printed Tooling Solutions
With X1 Tooling, manufacturers now have fast, affordable, and local tooling options for the final production of metal, plastic, and composite designs
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Already the global leaders in selling binder jet 3D printers for sand molds and cores for metalcasting applications,
New X1 Tooling products will be on display next week at Chicago’s
“Today’s launch of the X1 Tooling portfolio is the direct result of strong customer demand for tooling options that speed up delivery times and bring tooling closer to the point of final production, wherever that is for them,” said
“As the COVID pandemic has continued disrupting supply chains, we’ve had more and more manufacturers ask us: ‘Can you 3D print tooling?’ Today, we’d like the market to know that the answer is yes — we can help de-risk your supply chains and make them more sustainable, with less shipping and other forms of waste. Our new tooling portfolio is a grand slam of fast and affordable new tooling options for manufacturers.”
Several customers are now using ExOne’s binder jet 3D printed tooling options, including
A Fast and Flexible Tooling Portfolio
In all, manufacturers can now leverage six new and affordable tooling applications from
For Plastic Production
X1 MetalTool – This all-new 3D printed metal tooling option has passed preliminary tests to replace standard steel or aluminum tooling for plastic injection molding, blow molding, and other plastic and foam forming applications. X1 MetalTool is available in 420i, a highly durable and affordable steel-bronze matrix, as well as 316L stainless steel, M2 tool steel, and more. This tooling can be finish machined, acid etched and polished to a diamond finish, and is currently ideal for complex inserts.
ExOneis currently seeking additional development partners to expand durability testing of this product line.
- X1 ThermoForm – A 3D printed sand form is infiltrated with a durable resin and coated to create small- to large-format molds for a variety of thermoforming applications, such as vacuum forming, compression molds, foam molding, and more.
For Composite Production
- X1 Layup – A 3D printed sand form is infiltrated with a durable resin and coated for high-precision, high-temperature composite layup applications. X1 Layup offers dimensional tolerances of +/- 0.025” and tooling can be precision machined to +/- 0.005” if needed.
X1 Washout – This 3D printed sacrificial tooling washes out with tap water after traditional layup and autoclaving of composite materials, including
carbonfiber. X1 Washout is a sand form 3D printed with a water-soluble binder and surface coated. Ideal for ducting, mandrels and other designs with trapped geometries.
For Metal Production
X1 SandCast –
ExOneis the longtime market leader in selling 3D printers for sand molds and cores for metalcasting. Sandcastings can be delivered in a variety of sand types and binders, including sustainable inorganic formulas for high-quality aluminum castings.
- X1 MetalTool – In addition to plastic forming applications, X1 MetalTool can also be used to directly 3D print end-of-arm tooling, and rugged perishable or consumable cutting tools in a variety of metals, including tool steels.
- X1 DieMold – Still in development, rugged die molds 3D printed in H13 tool steel are currently fast-tracked with several global manufacturers after passing proof of concept tests.
Flexible Tooling Options and Sizes
Manufacturers can now purchase X1 Tooling products directly from
Sizing options vary for the type of tooling as detailed below:
- All sand- and sand-infiltrated tools, which includes X1 ThermoForm, X1 Layup, X1 Washout, X1 SandCast, are produced in the build volume of ExOne S-Max® series printers: 1800 x 1000 x 700 mm (70.9 x 39.4 x 27.6 in.). The printed sections can also be segmented and assembled together before epoxy infiltration to make even larger tools.
- Currently, all X1 MetalTool and X1 DieMold tools are 3D printed in an X1 25Pro® build volume of 400 x 250 x 250 mm (15.75 x 9.84 x 9.84 in), with development underway to 3D print tooling options in the X1 160Pro™, which offers a build volume of 800 x 500 x 400 mm (31.5 x 19.7 x 15.8 in).
What is Binder Jet 3D Printing?
ExOne’s binder jet 3D printing transforms powdered materials — metal, sand or ceramic — into highly dense and functional precision parts at high speeds.
An industrial printhead selectively deposits a binder into a bed of powder particles creating a solid part one thin layer at a time, similar to printing on sheets of paper. When printing metals, the final bound metal part must be sintered in a furnace to fuse the particles together into a solid object.
Binder jet 3D printing technology is viewed as a desirable and sustainable production method, largely because of its high speed, low waste and cost, as well as material flexibility.
For more information, visit www.exone.com/X1Tooling
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