3D Systems (NYSE:DDD), headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA, has announced that it will offer a preview of its latest industrial Direct Metal Printing (DMP) system, the ProXTM 400, at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany, November 25-28.
The company states that the ProX 400 system gives aerospace and automotive companies, medical implant makers, tool and die makers and service bureaus the power to print high-quality, end-use metal parts faster and more economically than traditional processes allow.
For parts up to 500 X 500 X 500 mm, the ProX 400 produces strong, fully dense metals and exceptional surface finish, and it does so without the complexity of multi-step machining or the time and expense of tooling.
“Our direct metal 3D printers are known throughout the industry for precision and mechanical properties that rival precision machined parts from billet,” stated Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS. “With the ProX 400 we’ve added best-in-class productivity to go along with the accuracy, surface finish and metal quality of our other direct metal printers. That’s a winning combination for everyone from engine builders to aircraft manufacturers, as well as service bureaus doing one-off specialty metal components.”
The ProX 400 is capable of printing in more than a dozen alloys, including stainless steel, aluminium, cobalt chrome, titanium and maraging steel. “This material selection, along with the enlarged, 500 X 500 X 500 mm print volume, means the ProX 400 is ready for whatever you can throw at it. The ProX 400 also ramps up the speed of industrial-grade metal 3D printing with a two-laser system that increases throughput and a modular design that makes it easy to turnaround print jobs in as little as 15 minutes. This fast, high-volume metals manufacturing printer offers simple, automated post-processing and material recycling features for advanced productivity,” stated the company.
“Our Direct Metal Printers and the ProX 400 are redefining metal manufacturing and the products they go into,” added Reichental. “Aerospace companies can make lighter weight parts that are simpler, require fewer assembly steps and offer better reliability. Manufacturers can create geometrically complex parts that could never be cast or machined. Medical device makers can print bio-compatible, patient-specific surgical implants in a manner that is scalable and cost efficient. The ProX 400 is changing the metal manufacturing paradigm from A to Z.”
The ProX 400 will be previewed at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany from November 25-28, 2014, at the Messe Frankfurt on Booths D69 and F90 in Hall 11. The commercial availability of the ProX 400 will be announced at a future date.