TRIDITIVE announces serial manufacturing platform using Metal-Polymer filament of BASF
Spanish AM industrial machinery manufacturer company TRIDITIVE is looking to accelerate the adoption of serial additive manufacturing of metal parts through high volume production of components with its AMCELL 3D printing machine and platform processing BASF’s Ultrafuse 316LX filament.
TRIDITIVE has launched the AMCELL®, a hybrid and automated additive manufacturing machine capable to produce up to 10.000 green parts per month. Enabled by its control software and remote monitoring, the integrated system is
making additive manufacturing a viable solution for high volume manufacturing in a 24/7 mode. According to TRIDITIVE CEO Mariel Diaz, “The green parts printed with AMCELL® using BASF’s metal filament solution meet the geometric and surface quality requirements for mass manufacturing of final parts. The controlled build chamber environment in the AMCELL® and its optimized extrusion process achieve part porosities similar to those that are typically obtained from metal injection molding technology (MIM)”.
BASF’s Ultrafuse 316LX filament is a metal-polymer composite comprising austenitic stainless-steel type 316L powder. Tailored to existing, high throughput MIM industry standard catalytic debinding and sintering, final metal parts are
produced in high quality.
The combination of AMCELL’s® capabilities for automated manufacturing of large batches and the use of Ultrafuse 316LX enable the fabrication of cost-effective parts through additive manufacturing. It greatly eases material handling processes by eliminating potential hazards inherent to other metal powders AM processes such as Powder Bed Fusion (PBF), Direct Metal Deposition (DMD) or Binder Jetting. The automatic load and consumption control of Ultrafuse 316LX filament spools facilitate the AMCELL® to operate largely unsupervised during the whole production process and reduces human labor and intervention to a minimum.
Fig 1. AMCELL® and Ultrafuse 316LX filament.
The AMCELL® machine is exhibited at Formnext 2018. Additionally, SCALADD will be presented, an additive manufacturing platform promoted by TRIDITIVE with production capacity by the end of 2018 of up to 30.000 parts per month, where different industrial companies can partner in order to access manufacturing, engineering and all the services from AM value chain in SCALADD Consortium.