The ExOne Company will collaborate with Aurora Group and two of its subsidiaries to expand the reach of ExOne binder jetting in Asia. General Integration Technology (GIT) in Taiwan and Aurora 3D in China are now authorized channel partners to sell ExOne industrial solutions.
“GIT and Aurora 3D have deep experience with 3D printing software and hardware as well as a sales network to successfully identify companies that can benefit from binder jet technology”, Ben Leung, ExOne Vice President, Asia, said. “We are excited to work together to further promote the adoption of additive manufacturing through our portfolio of machine solutions. With these additions, ExOne has doubled its representation in Greater China over the past year and brings the total number of sales partners in the APAC region to 12”.
ExOne’s patented binder jet 3D printing process transforms powdered materials — metal, sand, or ceramic — into highly dense and functional precision parts or tooling at high speeds. An industrial printhead selectively deposits a binder into a bed of powder particles creating a solid part one thin layer at a time, just like printing on sheets of paper. The technology is viewed as a desirable and sustainable production method, largely because of its ability to print consolidated, lightweight designs at high speeds, with minimal waste, at a low cost, and with the flexibility to use a variety of materials.
“We’ve been committed to the 3D industry for nearly 30 years and adhere to the principle of ‘3D innovation, integration, and trendsetter’ as we continue to serve the industry”, said Daniel Chi, General Manager of GIT and Aurora 3D. “We strived to find a metal 3D printing system that can mass produce high density, high precision, and third-party qualified materials. More importantly: we believe that ExOne sustainable manufacturing can achieve mass production of metal 3D solutions”.
Binder jet 3D printing is increasingly recognized as the technology that will accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing for high-volume production because of its high speed, material flexibility, and low waste and cost. “We expect ExOne metal 3D printing to advance our market from plastic prototyping and design to metal manufacturing production. Binder jetting helps customers save time and money, reduce waste, and increase manufacturing flexibility to create a win-win situation”, Chi said of his region’s expectations.
ExOne has qualified more than 20 metal, ceramic, and composite materials for its binder jetting process. More than half of those materials are single-alloy metals, such as 17-4PH, 316L, 304L, M2 Tool Steel, Inconel 718, and more. Most recently, ExOne announced that aluminum alloy 6061 is now a Customer-Qualified material in collaboration with Ford Motor Co. Titanium is fast-tracked for qualification in partnership with a global medical device firm.