Global provider of industrial additive manufacturing machines ExOne, has announced six new 3D printing materials.
Cobalt-Chrome, IN Alloy 718, Iron-Chrome-Aluminium, 17-4 Stainless Steel, 316 Stainless Steel and Tungsten Carbide can now be used for 3D printing in ExOne’s systems including the M-Flex and recently introduced Innovent.
A rundown of the latest materials:
Cobalt-Chrome (Co-Cr): Used in various fields where high wear-resistance is needed, including aerospace, cutlery, bearings and blades and more recently for medical applications.
IN Alloy 718: Due to its oxidation and corrosion-resistant qualities, the alloy is able to retain its strength even when subjected to extreme environments and is commonly found in aerospace, chemical and energy markets.
Iron-Chrome-Aluminium (FeCrAl): Offering superior properties as compared to the other alloys, Iron-Chrome-Aluminium alloys are widely used in electrical furnace, electrical oven, home appliance, electrical heater and infrared settings.
17-4 Stainless Steel and 316 Stainless Steel: Known for their excellent mechanical and corrosion resistance properties and cost-effectiveness, both are used in a broad range of products including surgical tools, filters, automotive parts and pumps.
Tungsten Carbide (WC): One of the hardest carbides with a melting point of 2770°C, Tungsten Carbide is mainly used in the production of high wear-resistant abrasives, cutting tools and milling and turning tools.
“Utilisation of these materials in ExOne’s machines will allow our customers to advance our binder jetting applications with their technologies,” explained Rick Lucas, ExOne’s Chief Technology Officer. “The diversity of this group of printable materials demonstrates the breadth of industries that ExOne touches, including the aerospace, automotive, energy, foundry and medical markets – broadening our addressable market.”
ExOne generally qualifies materials for production 3D printing through customer partnerships or at one of it’s eight production service centres (PSC) worldwide. The company has previously qualified; 420 Stainless Steel infiltrated with Bronze; 316 Stainless Steel infiltrated with Bronze; Iron infiltrated with Bronze; IN Alloy 625; Bronze; Bonded Tungsten and Glass.