Ever since Desktop Metal has acquired ExOne, we knew this acquisition would be a real powerhouse marriage for binder jetting but we just didn’t know how. AM company Desktop Metal is showing how today by unveiling a new line of binder jet 3D printing systems.
Named X-Series, the newly branded Desktop Metal line derives from the acquisition of ExOne and will soon be commercialized alongside Desktop Metal’s build preparation and sintering simulation software applications. Also, the development and commercialization will be supported by the company’s experienced global support team.
As a reminder, ExOne’s advanced metal binder jetting systems (now DM’s metal binder jetting systems) stand out from the crowd with a patented Triple ACT — an advanced compaction technology for dispensing, spreading and compacting powders during the binder jet printing process. This flexible, open material platform architecture is capable of binding together a wide range of powders with a D50 of 3 to 100 microns, a press communication recalls.
Furthermore, the X-Series line includes three models: InnoventX™ – an entry-level binder jet system perfect for academic, R&D, and low-volume production applications; X25Pro™ – a mid-sized solution already being used for volume production globally, featuring a build box of 400 x 250 x 250 mm (15.75 x 9.84 x 9.84 in) and X160Pro™ a metal binder jet system, featuring a build box of 800 x 500 x 400 mm (31.5 x 19.7 x 15.8 in).
DM ensures that these 3D printers can achieve tight dimensional tolerances and densities of 97-99% or greater — Those figures are in line with or surpass metal injection molding or gravity castings. Surface roughness values as low as 4 µm (Ra) can be achieved directly out of the furnace.
“Desktop Metal’s X-Series printers give customers more choices than ever when it comes to binder jet additive manufacturing,” said Ric Fulop, Desktop Metal Co-founder and CEO. “Our team is moving aggressively to drive additive manufacturing into mass production through a focused strategy of production-capable printers, high-performance materials, and key applications. Binder jetting is the key technology that enables all the benefits additive manufacturing has to offer at scale, from reduced waste to more efficient, lower-risk supply chains.”
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