Introducing the Production system–the first metal 3D printing system for mass production. Arriving in 2018, the Production system delivers the speed, quality, and cost-per-part needed to compete with traditional manufacturing processes.
Breakthrough Single Pass Jetting (SPJ) process delivers speeds up to 8200 cm3/hr–100x faster than laser-based systems. With zero-tooling needed, it's the fastest way to manufacture complex metal parts.
Low-cost MIM powder, high throughput, and simple post-processing deliver per-part costs that are competitive with traditional manufacturing processes—and up to 20x lower than today’s metal 3D printing systems.
How the Production system works
The Production system is based on a new approach to metal 3D printing—Single Pass Jetting (SPJ). Created by the inventors of the binder jetting and the single pass inkjet processes, Single Pass Jetting builds metal parts in a matter of minutes instead of hours.
H 330mm W 330mm D 330mm
up to 8200 cm3/hr
Single Pass Jetting is bi-directional. We combined all the necessary steps for printing so that whenever there is movement, there is printing. Two full-width print bars containing over 32,000 jets work in conjunction with powder spreaders to spread powder and print in a single quick pass across the build area, jetting millions of droplets per second.
Unlike laser-based processes which weld parts to a build plate, parts created by the Production system are surrounded by loose powder, enabling the full use of the build envelope and higher productivity per build. Sophisticated software will arrange parts to maximize the build area in all axes.
The production system is ideal for the production of complex, high-performance metal parts at high volumes. Since no tooling is needed, it can outperform traditional manufacturing processes like casting while adding major benefits of additive manufacturing like just-in-time production and mass customization.
The Production system can bring innovation from extremely low-run applications like aerospace and specialty automotive to the mainstream. Even parts like the water pump impeller shown here can be produced for a lower cost per part than the traditional processes. This graph represents the total cost-per-part, factoring in all cost steps and details.