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Element22 uses Headmade CMF technology for titanium 3D printing

A "cold SLS" process that is a hybrid between polymer PBF, binder jetting and new bound metal processes

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The production facilities of titanium specialist Element22 in Kiel recently welcomed a new member: a Formiga P110 SLS system from EOS. The reason for the new acquisition at Element22 is the implementation of the sinter-based 3D printing technology Cold Metal Fusion, or CMF technology (aka Metal SLS), from Headmade Materials for industrial titanium 3D printing.

“We ourselves are innovation drivers and always on the lookout for better, more effective solutions. During technology screening, we came across the Cold Metal Fusion technology. The projects that we have already been able to realize with Headmade Materials in the past few months then completely convinced us,” said Matthias Scharvogel, CEO of Element22 GmbH.

Element22 uses Headmade’s CMF technology, also known as cold metal fusion or metal SLS, for industrial titanium 3D printing via a Formiga system
A 3D printed green metal part after SLS, the first phase of the CMF process.

The advantages of the new technology have recently been demonstrated in titanium series components for high-end bicycles, which among other things offer new possibilities in frame construction. New part designs and functional integrations can be implemented, while production costs can be reduced.

The demand for 3D printed titanium components also comes from other sectors such as medical, aerospace and other high-end consumer goods. Element22 now also serves these sectors using the Cold Metal Fusion (CMF) technology.

When processing the Titanium feedstock from Headmade Materials on the EOS Formiga P110, the included polymeric binder is melted layer by layer to form strong green parts. These are then debinded and sintered to produce high-quality titanium components. The material properties are comparable to powder metallurgically produced parts (e.g. in metal injection molding).

As a pioneer in metal injection molding of titanium, Element22 brings its experience, know-how and Intellectual Property relating to the downstream processes of debinding and sintering into the process chain. The existing equipment and process know-how, supplemented by the EOS Formiga P110, enable Element22 to get started immediately with economical additive series production.

“We are pleased about the expansion of our partnership with Element22 and that the titanium specialist is relying in-house on our Cold Metal Fusion technology to move into industrial titanium 3D printing. This also underlines our technology leadership in sinter-based Titanium 3D printing” commented Christian Fischer, Managing Director of Headmade Materials GmbH.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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