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BMF’s micro-AM Platform boosts Horizon’s Microstructural Coating Technologies

Horizon Microtechnologies, known for its advanced in-house coating processes that add material and functionality to a microstructure, has significantly expanded its operational capabilities with the integration of Boston Microfabrication’s (BMF) BMF S240 micro-AM (additive manufacturing) platform. The BMF S240 is widely recognized for its ability to create highly detailed parts with excellent precision and tolerance compliance.

Andreas Frölich, CEO at Horizon says, “The arrival of the BMF micro-AM machine is a vital step for us as a company. We already provide a suite of post-build coating technologies for micro AM parts to enhance their functionality, but our core know-how goes beyond this, with a unique in-house understanding of overall micro-AM based 3D microfabrication process chains. The introduction of the BMF micro-AM machine at our facilities brings the full technology infrastructure for leveraging this 3D microfabrication know-how on behalf of our customers in-house, which will create the enormous advantage for them of accessing a truly vertically integrated solution partner that can support from design through manufacturing to delivery in a one-stop-shop fashion. It will also speed up R&D and the innovation of our disruptive 3D capable post-build coating technologies for micro-AM parts, allow for a much broader and more agile and timely interaction with customers, and enhancing sales and marketing activities.”

The S240, a representative of BMF’s 10µm series of micro-AM solutions, is the focus when ultra-high resolution, accuracy and precision are required. It can print engineering materials and features a large build volume, designed to meet the needs of industrial production.

Horizon Microtechnologies not only offers a suite of post-build coating technologies for micro-AM parts to improve their functionality, but also brings a unique in-house understanding of entire micro-AM based 3D microfabrication process chains.

Frölich continues, “When producing exceptionally precise and tight tolerance parts and components, the significance and added value of a vertically integrated development and manufacturing partner becomes paramount. First and foremost, the early inclusion of manufacturability considerations along the full microfabrication process-chain in design decisions reduces the number of iterations during the product development phase. This concurrently reduces the time-to-market and overall product development costs. Furthermore, our high degree of vertical integration entails tight control and coordination over the various stages of production, from raw material sourcing to final assembly. In the context of precision manufacturing, this approach ensures seamless quality control, optimal material selection, streamlined communication, and enhanced process efficiency. Importantly, the interdependencies of the different process steps are established, the manufacturing process’ execution is fully transparent and can be tightly controlled.”

This autonomy makes it possible to guarantee consistency in specifications, minimize lead times, reduce potential bottlenecks and ultimately deliver components that meet the strictest tolerances and specifications. This facility, acting as an end-to-end product development and contract manufacturing partner, enables optimal influence over the design of micro-AM parts to optimize them for end-use functionality and for the application of its proprietary coating technologies.

Horizon Microtechnologies thus acts as a fully integrated solution partner supporting the entire process – from design to manufacturing to delivery – while accelerating R&D and innovation of its proprietary post-build 3D coating technologies for micro-AM parts.

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