Admatec Europe BV and ECN presented the ADMETALFLEX 3D printer at the Additive Manufacturing User Group conference in Chicago last month. This new 3D printer from the ADMAFLEX series delivers metal printed components with high-quality material properties and compared to industry standards, low-surface roughness values, fine features and no residual stresses. The operating principles originate from a DLP, filled photosensitive resin, combined with debinding and sintering. The ADMAFLEX key technology items as the film technology and unique continues material throughput system apply to the ADMETALFLEX as well.
As Admatec and ECN have a good understanding of the powder metallurgy market, demonstrated by successes with their previous ceramic 3D printer, it was always the aim to launch this new metal 3D printer. Serving a demand in the market for relative small-sized, high-precise, high-performing printed metal components. The printer will print components manufactured today by traditional shaping technologies as CNC machining or Metal Injection Moulding (MIM).
Michiel de Bruijcker, Managing Director of ADMATEC: “With this product, Admatec is underlining its strong cooperation with ECN and the dedication to push the ADMAFLEX technology to more applications and broader market acceptance. Pulling off this task will strengthen ADMATEC’s market position as a leading additive manufacturing brand.”
Jaco Saurwalt, Director of the Engineering & Materials department at ECN: “High-material quality combined with form freedom and fine product details were the goal of our development. By improving both the process as well as the machine, the current ADMATEC ceramics printing technology has been extended to high-density metals.”