The recent announcement that Hexagon, a technology giant in additive manufacturing, has joined the ColdMetalFusion (CMF) Alliance demonstrates the growing importance of collaboration in the industry. The CMF Alliance, an alliance of industry leaders with years of experience in sintering, 3D printing and industrial manufacturing, is dedicated to advancing innovative manufacturing processes in selective laser sintering (SLS).
Hexagon’s involvement will give the alliance access to deep knowledge ranging from production planning to process simulation, quality assurance and Industry 4.0 concepts. The collaboration aims to establish sustainable manufacturing practices that minimize resource consumption and waste while reducing cost per part.
A first significant contribution from Hexagon is the simulation of the ColdMetalFusion sintering process and the materials used. Thanks to this sintering simulation, manufacturers can now replicate and optimize every aspect of the sintering process in the digital world, rather than relying on extensive testing. This approach speeds up the development process, reduces the error rate and enables efficient production and high quality standards right from the start.
Dr. Tarik El Dsoki, Managing Director Design & Engineering for the DACH region at Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, elaborated on the significance of this partnership, saying, “We envision a manufacturing future where sustainability, efficiency, and digitalization are seamlessly integrated. Through our membership in the ColdMetalFusion Alliance, we are taking steps towards realizing this vision. Our commitment to simulation-driven design, scalability, and sustainability aligns perfectly with the goals of the ColdMetalFusion Alliance, and we are excited about the transformative impact it will have on the industry.”
In addition, Hexagon will present the ColdMetalFusion process together with Headmade Materials at Formnext in Frankfurt in November, including Hexagon’s sintering simulation, to be found in Hall 11.1, Booth D58.