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ExOne selects Kennametal as inaugural beta customer for New X1 25PRO production machine

The ExOne Company selected Kennametal, a global leader in material science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions as its first partner for beta testing of the X1 25PRO production machine.

During the beta period, ExOne and Kennametal will have an opportunity to evaluate the new X1 25PRO machine and trial test new materials and processes. As a multiple machine customer, Kennametal is on the cutting edge of binder jetting technology adoption for additive manufacturing.

We see binder jetting technology as a key enabler for our differentiated, high-performance wear materials, such as tungsten carbide and Kennametal Stellite alloys,” said Sherri McCleary, Director, Business Development Additive, Kennametal. “Kennametal is uniquely qualified to supply these additive materials and components, and we’re pleased to collaborate with ExOne on cutting-edge technology with the potential to help us advance from prototyping to serial production.”

X1 25PRO production machine

“Working with innovative, global companies like Kennametal is another important step towards integrating industrial 3D printing into existing and new production lines. We are excited to bring Kennametal on as a beta user and look forward to beginning the testing program”, said John Hartner, Chief Executive Officer, ExOne.

The new X1 25PRO was revealed at the RAPID + TCT event in Detroit. This high-resolution production machine is capable of printing metal, ceramic, and other advanced material parts directly. The X1 25PRO can print standard industry powders utilized in MIM (metal injection molding) and other PM (powdered metal) processes. ExOne has already received a production order for the X1 25PRO. The X1 25PRO will utilize proven technology demonstrated on ExOne’s Innovent+ and will be shipping to customers later this year.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree. Specializing in covering the AM industry, he founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. Since 2016 he is also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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