Additive Manufacturing solutions provider BCN3D, Barcelona, Spain, will showcase the new Metal Pack for its line of Epsilon AM machines at Formnext 2021. This upgrade is intended to open a new range of applications for BCN3D customers, especially for spare parts, functional prototyping, and tooling. It is mainly aimed at the pharmaceutical, food, automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing sectors.
The Metal Pack includes both Ultrafuse® 316L and 17-4 PH filaments from Forward AM, part of BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany. It also includes a new exclusive hotend for metal, as well as specific accessories, said to enable a smooth printing experience. Following the build process, BCN3D added that debinding and sintering stages can be undertaken externally through the current Forward AM authorised network of service suppliers.
“Ultrafuse Metal Filaments portfolio has been developed based on BASF´s decades of know-how coming from the Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) industry,” stated Firat Hizal, Head of Metal Systems Business Group at BASF. “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 and BCN3D decided to enable its userbase by introducing this bundle.”
Eric Pallarés, CTO, BCN3D, added, “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 and hassle-free.”
The first units of the Metal Pack are scheduled to ship in January 2022.