ExOne, a global provider of industrial 3D printing solutions, has unveiled is largest 3D printing system yet, the Exerial, set to make its debut at the GIFA International Foundry Trade Fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, in June.
The Exerial system demonstrates a considerable evolution in ExOne’s machine range allowing customers to engage with indirect printing technology for industrial series production.
Compared to ExOne’s current indirect printing systems, the Exerial is unique as it contains multiple industrial stations that allow for continuous production and simultaneous processing.
The Exerial uses ExOne’s binder jetting technology to selectively dispense micro-droplets of specially engineered binder into very thin layers of powdered material inside each of the two job boxes.
The system is equipped with two job boxes, each 1.5 times larger than the single job box in ExOne’s next largest model, the S-Max. With a total build platform of 3,168 litres, the machine is capable of printing output rates nearly four times faster than the S-Max. It also features a new recoater system, multiple print heads and automation controls.
“ExOne’s industrial customers are pressing for latter stage technology to address their production needs with a 3D printing system that supports higher volumes and automation for the industrial production environment. When the Exerial system rolls out this year, ExOne will have addressed the industrial-level solution, further separating binder-jetting as a more cost effective technology than other 3D printing solutions,” explained S. Kent Rockwell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for The ExOne Company. “While our machine R&D focus in 2014 concentrated more intently on this type of customer base, ExOne continues to address the growing needs of our rapid prototyping and low volume production customers with further improvements in our existing machine portfolio platforms – the S-Max, S-Print and M-Flex – and through the development of additional binder sets and printing materials.”
As part of the development of the Exerial, the company has filed five patents related to machine design elements.