ExOne Launches the World’s Fastest, Office-Safe Metal 3D Printer in Exclusive Partnership with Rapidia
The ExOne Metal Designlab™ and X1F advanced furnace is a complete metal 3D printing system using technology that will now be marketed and sold exclusively by
- The original two-step method of 3D printing and sintering water-bound metal parts, first revealed by Rapidia in 2019, delivers proven Print Today, Parts Tomorrow™ performance
- The 3D printer operates with the ease of an entry-level plastic printer, using a nozzle to build designs in HydroFuse™, an innovative water-based paste containing metal or ceramic powders
- This technology allows printed parts to go directly into a furnace, skipping long chemical or thermal debinding steps on competing systems that take 3-5 days to deliver final parts
Dan Gelbart, a serial inventor and entrepreneur, as well as a popular engineering YouTube personality, will now serve as an ExOnetechnology advisor
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The ExOne Metal Designlab™ and X1F advanced furnace, offered through an exclusive partnership with Rapidia, is a complete metal 3D printing system using technology that will now be marketed and sold exclusively by
Orders are being accepted starting today, with the system printer and furnace available for delivery in the second quarter.
Under terms of this strategic partnership,
Gelbart is an electrical engineer who co-founded companies such as
Rapidia’s two-step 3D printing technology, developed over several years and first revealed in 2019, was the first to allow water-bound metal and ceramic parts to go directly from a printer into a furnace without a debinding step. The efficiency is made possible by HydroFuse, an innovative water-based paste containing metal or ceramic powders, which does not require debinding before final sintering. Two materials are currently offered: 17-4PH and 316L stainless steels, with other metals and ceramics to follow soon.
“We are delighted to partner with the visionary
“We set out to develop a simple, environmentally friendly system that creates the toughest, most intricate parts overnight,” added
A True Print Today, Parts Tomorrow™ Innovation
Most other bound metal 3D printing technologies require either three steps (print, debind and sinter) or 3D printing followed by a very slow thermal debinding in the sintering furnace. Either method usually takes 3-5 days to produce a final part and comes with limitations on part thickness, so that the part can properly burn off the polymer binders. Often, these systems limit parts to 5-10 mm (0.2”-0.4”) thickness, which also limits the final strength and applications for the final part.
By contrast, the HydroFuse paste developed by Rapidia replaces 98% of the binder with water, which evaporates while printing, enabling true Print Today, Parts Tomorrow™ technology. This technology also removes the limitation on maximum part thickness. The new ExOne Metal Designlab can print 100% solid metal of any thickness, delivering maximum strength parts suitable for a wide variety of demanding pre-production and end-use applications.
The ExOne Metal Designlab will compete directly with other bound metal 3D printing systems, such as the Desktop Metal Studio System 2 and Markforged Metal X.
For more information about the ExOne Metal Designlab and X1F advanced furnace, or to reach a sales representative, please visit www.exone.com/metaldesignlab.
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