Leading industrial 3D printing systems manufacturer, ExOne has announced its latest machine that has been intended specifically for customers in the research and education sector.
Renowned for providing machines to the industrial sector, Innovent is an industrial grade machine designed to complement ExOne’s larger platforms and allows users to test material properties in research laboratories, educational institutions and R&D departments in commercial organisations.
Innovent balances a specific build box for the technical qualification of materials with a smaller overall lab machine platform size when compared with past machines. The build volume is eight times the size of the company’s previous lab model and measures 65mm x 160mm x 65mm. For larger scale prototyping the machine is available as a complete system with oven and furnace and can easily be integrated with the ExOne’s larger M-Flex and M-Print machines.
“Innovent expands upon ExOne’s lab machine offerings by allowing customers, whether they are educators or companies, the ability to qualify materials, an option not previously available in these types of 3D printers,” said S. Kent Rockwell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for ExOne. “ExOne is improving its laboratory solution to help drive the overall industrial sector towards increased experience with and use of binder jetting 3D printing.”
As a development and qualification platform for binder jetting 3D printing, the Innovent employs the ExOne technique for additive manufacturing which requires a print head to dispense micro droplets of binder material onto thin layers of metal powder. Unique to this machine, it takes what is traditionally considered an industrial focused technology and provides education and research based customers with an affordable way of accessing it.