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Farsoon opens Beta testing program for new FS301M metal 3D printer

Chinese industrial polymer and metal 3D printer manufacturer Farsoon Technologies has launched a new machine. The FS301M has been developed to improve user-experience of metal additive manufacturing. From now, and at Formnext 2019, the company will be looking to engage potential customers in a FS301M Beta program before the system reaches full commercial release.

“With strong commitment and joint development cycles right from the beginning,” the company adds, “the FS301M system will be beta-tested by industry co-development partners later this year.”

The FS301M metal 3D printer from Farsoon. Photo via Farsoon Technologies
The FS301M metal 3D printer from Farsoon. Image via Farsoon Technologies

The Farsoon FS301M

Preceding the FS301M, Farsoon has three other machines in its metal portfolio. From smallest build footprint to the largest, these are: the FS121M, FS271M and the FS421M. In terms of build size, the new FS301M fits in between the FS271M and the FS421M. Its build cylinder measures 305 × 305 × 400 mm, housed inside a compact machine footprint to facilitate factory installation. Two versions of the system are available, one with a single laser and the other with a dual laser configuration. Another main feature is the FS301M’s integrated powder feed connector, which avoids manual powder loading and potential safety hazards that can occur when handling materials. Further incremental improvements have been made under-the-hood to upgrade production speeds and the machine’s serviceability. All of the features implemented in the machine have been created in response to customer feedback concerning  productivity, safety, stability, and ease of use. The result, according to a Farsoon, is “a system truly suited for industry.”

Farsoon's range of 3D printer. Image via Farsoon Technologies
Farsoon’s range of 3D printers with the exception of the new FS301M. Image via Farsoon Technologies.

Farsoon Technologies’ international strategy 

Farsoon’s global headquarters are in Shanghai, however in recent years the company expanded its international market reach through sites in North America and Europe. Established in March 2018, Farsoon’s European subsidiary is headed up in Germany by Dirk Simon, former business director for BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH.

This year, the company has entered into strategic partnerships helping to extend the reach of its polymer and metal additive technologies. Notably, in February, Farsoon signed a polymer additive manufacturing materials development agreement with Airbus. In collaboration with American tooling production company Next Chapter Manufacturing, the company also launched H13 tool steel for SLM in August.

From Tuesday 19 through Friday 22 of November 2019, Farsoon Technologies will be exhibiting at booth 11.1-C68 at Formnext in Frankfurt. The company’s presentation at the show will be the first chance for the public to see the FS301M 3D printer.

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Featured image shows the FS301M metal 3D printer from Farsoon. Image via Farsoon Technologies