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FreeFORM to offer metal binder jetting AM services with Innovent+

The ExOne 3D printer supports over 20 materials

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FreeFORM Technologies, a new 3D printing contract manufacturer and engineering service bureau focused on metal binder jetting has installed its first Innovent+ system from ExOne.

“ExOne is proud to partner with the innovative and experienced team at FreeFORM, who will help customers tap the incredible value offered by our high-speed binder jetting technology,” said John Hartner, ExOne’s CEO. “This team demonstrates how binder jetting is a perfect complement to metal injection molding (MIM) operations.”

Based in St Marys, Pennsylvania – known as the Powdered Metal Capital of the World – FreeFORM was founded this fall by a team of engineers experienced in MIM, powder metallurgy, engineering software, and automation.

“We believe metal binder jetting is a revolutionary technology that represents the next generation of metal production using metal powders,” said FreeFORM President Nate Higgins. “We’re excited to begin producing parts on our Innovent+ and to help customers tap the benefits of complex metal parts without the need for expensive tooling. Binder jetting can also affordably produce lower volumes of MIM-like parts and consolidated or lightweight parts that deliver more value. We’re committed to providing world-class engineering and manufacturing services around binder jetting.”

FreeFORM to offer metal binder jetting

ExOne’s patented binder jet 3D printing process transforms powdered materials — metal, sand or ceramic — into highly dense and functional precision parts 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 high speed, low waste and cost, as well as material flexibility.

Launched in 2016, the Innovent family of 3D printers has become the world’s best-selling and most-researched metal binder jetting system, with machines installed worldwide at some of the world’s best-known universities and industrial brands. The Innovent+ is compact, easy to use, and affordable. Loaded with ExOne’s patented Triple Advanced Compaction Technology (ACT), the system delivers industry-leading quality and repeatability, with final dimensional tolerances routinely below 1% with tuning.

ExOne has qualified more than 20 metal, ceramic and composite materials for its patented binder jetting process. FreeFORM intends to focus primarily on metal part production, with stainless steels such as 17-4PH and 316L, as well as M2 Tool Steel. The new company also intends to qualify materials internally and for customer-specific applications.

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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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