One month ago, Voxeljet launched a number of specialty materials for its High-Speed Sintering line of 3D printers. The company goes even further by announcing it will produce at a large-scale complex sand molds and cores for a German automotive manufacturer.
Twenty years ago, the spin-off from Technical University Munich started with a clear vision: “to replace conventional manufacturing by constantly pushing technological boundaries.” The company has therefore achieved a number of interesting projects within the industry: 3D sand printing, large-format 3D printers as well as on-demand parts services to industrial and commercial customers.
Today, the company’s vision for the automotive industry requires to be well equipped throughout the year.
Voxeljet’ additive manufacturing plan for 2019
The manufacturer will deliver up to five VJET X printers by 2020. Two 3D printers will already be installed in new factories in 2019.
The project could potentially call for voxeljet, as subcontractor to the general contractor of the project, to deliver multiple units in the low double-digit range over a five-year period. This project will utilize sand cores for the casting of a critical engine component.
This will mark a milestone in the company’s commercialization of its new line of high-speed printers, called VJET X, for the mass-production of complex sand cores. What distinguishes this generation of printers from the others is that they can reduce the layer time, making VJET X ten times faster than previous models.
According to the company, the 3D printers would increase flexibility in production and enable the high-speed manufacturing of more complex geometries compared to conventional methods. Improved performance and increased efficiency are part of the benefits mentioned.
Dr. Ingo Ederer, Chief Executive Officer of voxeljet, commented: “The 3D printing industry is at an inflection point and this achievement marks a key milestone in our mission. We have been working towards realizing this vision since our initial days in 1999, so this is especially exciting for us.”
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