Raise3D has announced the MetalFuse platform, a complete set of equipment for 3D printing, processing and sintering polymer-metal workpieces into all-metal products using specialized filaments from BASF.
Complex MetalFuse consists of Forge1 desktop 3D printer, D200-E catalytic furnace for removal of binder, S200-C furnace directly for sintering blanks into full metal products and slicer ideaMaker Metal. As consumables, it is offered to use filaments of Ultrafuse family from BASF – polymeric materials with a high proportion of metallic filler, produced under the forwarding AM brand.
“Metal Fuse 3D printing offers a number of advantages, including affordability, ease of use, and no need for additional, time-consuming steps typical of other metal additive manufacturing technologies, such as powder work. Metal injection molding may be the best choice in mass production, but metal FFF 3D printing can be used in the production of more complex products in small and medium-sized batches,” explains Firat Hizal, head of metal systems at BASF 3D Printing Solutions.
“The combination of our MetalFuse system and BASF Forward AM’s Ultrafuse polymer metal filament offers a simpler, safer, cleaner, cheaper and faster solution in additive metal manufacturing. Our experience confirms that in many cases MetalFuse can compete with metal injection molding, so we are confident that MetalFuse can be a breakthrough solution for metal parts manufacturing,” said Raise3D CEO Edward Feng.
The oxalic acid catalytic binder removal process was chosen for its environmental friendliness and safety, as well as its high efficiency: using a catalyst can cut time costs by 60% and still produce products with a density up to 98% of wrought iron and a 52% increase in strength compared to products produced by solvent removal.
The developers claim that the final products are 1.5 to 2 times cheaper than 3D-printed counterparts produced by selective laser sintering of metal powder compositions, while the equipment itself costs significantly less than laser additive systems.
The Raise3D MetalFuse packages will go on sale next year through authorized distributors. Users who already own the necessary binder removal and sintering equipment will have the option to purchase Forge1 3D printers separately.
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