BCN3D releases the new Metal Pack to pave the way for stainless steel printing
BCN3D has launched its Metal Pack – containing Ultrafuse metal filaments from Forward AM – for its line of Epsilon Series 3D printers. The development allows its customer base to easily upgrade their hardware to catch up with the latest developments and affordably produce solid metal parts.
The company says the upgrade opens up a new range of applications for its customers, especially for spare parts, functional prototyping, and tooling, and is mainly aimed at the pharmaceutical, food, automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing sectors. The parts produced by this process have practically identical behaviour to those produced by MIM or CNC and offer an office-friendly solution with far more design freedom.
The Metal Pack includes both Ultrafuse 316L and 17-4 PH, and a new exclusive hotend for metal, as well as specific accessories, to ensure a smooth printing experience. After the printing process, debinding and sintering processes can be done externally through the current Forward AM authorised network of service suppliers.
Eric Pallarés, CTO of BCN3D, said: “The whole AM industry is chasing metal 3D printing. But the truth is that, nowadays, affordable available solutions, if any, are very scarce. With the release of the Metal Pack at BCN3D, we are excited to leverage BASF’s decades of experience in MIM technology applied to metal extrusion and post-processing. In combination with our existing 3D printing ecosystem, it becomes an end-to-end and accessible solution for functional prototyping. Our customers will be able to take the best advantage of 3D printing by obtaining industry-grade metal parts, within days.”
Firat Hizal, head of metal systems business group at BASF 3D Printing Solutions, added: “The Ultrafuse Metal Filaments portfolio has been developed based on BASF’s decades of know-how coming from the Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) industry. Filaments are designed for ultimate ease of handling and can be used on any open-source Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) printer. We are very happy that both Ultrafuse 316L and 17-4 PH are validated by BCN3D has decided to enable its user base by introducing this bundle.”
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