ExOne, a leading 3D printing company for the industrial sector, introduced its latest 3D printer innovation at the 2012 International Machine Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago.
The M-FLEX 3D Printing System brings a new level of 3D printer capabilities, according to the company, by offering over seven times the volume output than other printers currently available. This will greatly enhance the production speed and efficiency.
The mid-sized M-FLEX is primarily designed for manufacturing metal parts for industrial use such as mining, automotive and energy. Additional materials, such as tungsten, glass and ceramic, are also in development for processing on the M-FLEX. The M-Flex 3D Printing System production capabilities are housed in a build chamber of 40cm x 25cm x 25 m and can manufacture one layer in 30 seconds. This brings significant improvement to the prior one and half minutes layer production speed.
The M-FLEX can be used for creating prototypes or short volumes of multiple and/or custom parts. The full system comes with a printer, recycling equipment, printing materials, a furnace and a comprehensive training program.
“We’ve made tremendous strides in 3D printing in the last decade and what our machines can do today is simply remarkable. We are printing engine castings for helicopters and replacing broken pumps in oil fields in days – not months,” said Dave Burns, President of ExOne. “The M-FLEX continues our leadership in developing the 3D printing technology that has made additive manufacturing the most compelling advanced technology used in industry today.”
Visit ExOne at IMTS in the emerging technology center just outside the entrance to the North Hall (booth N-6144) to see how the M-FLEX works in real-life.
About The Ex One Company, LLC
ExOne is dedicated to the development and implementation of advanced material systems and manufacturing processes. Headquartered in North Huntingdon, Pa., ExOne has U.S. facilities in Troy, Mich. and Houston, Texas, as well as global operations in Germany, Japan and Russia. Founded in 2005 as a spin-off of Extrude Hone Corporation, a world-wide supplier and developer of precision nontraditional machining processes and automated systems, ExOne has expanded to deliver consistent and fast turnaround service to customers across the world in the aerospace, automotive, energy/oil/gas/pumps, medical/biomedical, and art/design/decorative spaces by providing machine systems and contract services. Backed by a staff of experienced leaders in advanced manufacturing technologies and augmented by partner specialists in modeling and simulation, material science and metallurgy, ExOne strives to dramatically improve manufacturing techniques in the United States and worldwide. For more information, visit www.ExOne.com.