Foundry Lab announced the collaboration with Eaton at the Formnext trade fair in Frankfurt. Using a novel combination of microwave technology and additive manufacturing, Foundry Lab has succeeded in producing castings for Eaton in weeks instead of months. The so-called “Digital Metal Casting System” enabled Eaton to produce aluminum parts with cast-in stainless steel pins – an advance that would not have been possible with conventional 3D printing and catapults Foundry Lab’s technology to the forefront of technological progress.
“Eaton is often faced with the challenge of applying AM to legacy applications because changing the process and/or material is too big of an engineering hurdle,” says Cameron Peahl, Additive Manufacturing Manager at Eaton’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence, “In this example, Foundry Lab’s technology provides a solution for us to leverage the speed and agility of Additive while maintaining the conventional casting method and material, even including the cast-in-place steel pin. This is a huge step forward in our AM journey.”
“Working with Eaton to produce these parts has been an incredible opportunity. It is an exemplary showcase of what our system can achieve,” says David Moodie, Founder and CEO of Foundry Lab. “Eaton’s application was typical of the pain that industry is currently facing. Many components can’t be 3D printed and are prohibitively expensive and slow to cast with traditional methods. This is the problem that our technology is here to fix.”
In addition to the successful cooperation with Eaton, Foundry Lab can boast other achievements, including:
- Taking orders for their Digital Metal Casting System during the Formnext trade show.
- Expanding into the US with the opening of a state-of-the-art demonstration center in Fremont, California.
- The development of its evaluation program, which allows interested parties to evaluate the technology before it becomes publicly available.
These advances strengthen Foundry Lab’s position as a major player in the additive manufacturing sector and underscore the potential of its innovative casting technology to accelerate product development and reduce manufacturing costs.