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ExOne presents sand 3D printing systems at the international foundry trade fair GIFA

3D printer manufacturer Desktop Metal reaffirms its commitment to the global foundry market. With its ExOne brand and associated Binderjet 3D printing technology, the company is a leader in digital casting solutions for foundries.

ExOne will showcase its portfolio at the GIFA 2023 international foundry trade show in Germany, which will be held June 12-16 at Messe Düsseldorf. ExOne will be located at the entrance of Hall 12 in Booth C02.

“We are as committed as ever to our digital casting customers such as BMW Group, Kimura Group, Grede, Humtown, and others who are some of our highest production customers worldwide,” said Ric Fulop, Desktop Metal Founder and CEO. “Foundries have laid the blueprint for how binder jet 3D printing will scale beyond castings with direct metal printing, and we’re eager to deepen our relationship with the world’s metalcasters as we improve accessibility of our systems downstream to every foundry.”

In addition to showcasing continued reliability enhancements to its popular digital casting systems, ExOne will also be celebrating the loyalty of its customers throughout the show.

More than half of all ExOne systems installed globally are now located at customer sites that have two or more sand printers. What’s more, a growing number of these customers are Super Fleet customers with three or more systems running full production volumes, usually around the clock.

The average size of an ExOne Super Fleet today is five systems, with the largest fleet at Humtown Products in Ohio with 13 machines. The S-Max family of sand 3D printing systems is the workhorse of these Super Fleets, making up more than 80% of all Super Fleets worldwide.

The German car manufacturer BMW Group also is a Super Fleet customer with a full fleet of ExOne Exerial sand 3D printing systems producing cores for water jackets with inorganic binders for various combustion engines in the light metal foundry at the BMW Group Landshut plant.

Showcasing New Foundry Innovations

At GIFA, ExOne will also showcase a wide range of its market-leading sand binder jet 3D printing solutions, along with binders and applications from customers, including GF Casting Solutions Leipzig GmbH, Fraunhofer IGCV and Nexteam Group.

The S-Max Pro will be shown with an efficient box-in-box footprint with transport shuttle, as well as a dosing unit for powder additives. A visual representation of the Exerial – which remains the company’s flagship system for volume production of sandcastings with sustainable inorganic binding systems – will also be showcased in the booth.

Aidro, a Desktop Metal subsidiary and a pioneer in the volume production of next-generation hydraulic and fluid power systems through metal additive manufacturing (AM), will also be part of a showcase that demonstrates a range of manufacturing capabilities for foundry customers – from traditional metal casting to modern production with digital sandcasting to production using direct metal binder jet printing on the Desktop Metal Shop System™.

Foundry Innovation Under 0,000

First announced in 2022, the S-Max Flex robotic sand 3D printer will also be shown at GIFA. Expected to retail below $500,000, the upgraded system is slated for global availability by year’s end.

Among the enhancements, the new S-Max Flex is the first ExOne sand printing system to feature Desktop Metal Live Print machine-control software with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface. The software runs on a touchscreen system that will be on display at the show for users to experience firsthand.

This entry-level silica sand and furan system, which uses Desktop Metal’s patent-pending Single Pass Jetting™ (SPJ) technology, will make sand 3D printing accessible to foundries worldwide.

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