Amnovis, Aarschot, Belgium, has incorporated the DMP Flex 350 Dual machine from 3D Systems, Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA, into its contract manufacturing workflow. This machine includes two lasers, which enables Amnovis to produce high-quality, reliable end-use parts for a variety of industrial and medical device applications.
“For us, innovation benefits from material and process enhancements, as well as the ability to increase productivity,” stated Ruben Wauthle, CEO and co-founder, Amnovis. “We’ve experienced a tremendous leap in 3D printing efficiency by integrating 3D Systems’ DMP Flex 350 Dual into our workflow. By scaling our high-end parts manufacturing for quality-critical applications in medical, high tech, and other industries, we ensure faster delivery at lower cost, while maintaining our high-quality standards.”
Amnovis’ founders are said to be among the first to employ Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) Additive Manufacturing to produce titanium medical devices such as orthopaedic and spinal implants. Incorporating the DMP Flex 350 Dual machine into its manufacturing workflow is expected to allow Amnovis to expand its potential for stock and patient-specific medical device innovation.
The DMP Flex 350 Dual is the most recent addition to 3D Systems’ Direct Metal Printing (DMP) portfolio. The dual-laser configuration reportedly maintains the benefits of the single-laser configuration, including flexible application use and quick-swap build modules, and a central server to manage build jobs, materials, settings, and maintenance for 24/7 productivity. Additionally, the company’s vacuum chamber significantly reduces argon gas consumption while delivering good oxygen purity (<30 ppm).
The machine also includes Oqton’s 3DXpert, the all-in-one software for industrial Additive Manufacturing that is said to enable efficient preparation, optimisation, and Additive Manufacturing high-quality parts by streamlining the workflow from design to build. The DMP Flex 350 Dual is designed to help accelerate innovation for a variety of applications including medical devices, aerospace, turbomachinery, semiconductors, and automotive & motorsports.
“In order for our service bureau customers to gain a competitive advantage, they need to differentiate the services they provide while becoming increasingly responsive to customer requirements,” added Scott Anderson, vice president, segment leader, 3D Systems. “Our collaboration with Amnovis is yet another example of how we can apply our application development expertise and a broad range of integrated Additive Manufacturing solutions to help maximise productivity, reliability, uptime, and yield. By integrating the DMP Flex 350 Dual into its solution portfolio, Amnovis is delivering high-quality parts to their customers while realising exceptional total cost of ownership.”