The ExOne Company, North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA, has announced that TCL Hofmann, with offices in Australia and a sister company in New Zealand, is now an authorised channel partner to sell ExOne industrial solutions in Australia and New Zealand.
“We’re excited to have representation from such a respected and experienced supplier in the manufacturing sector, especially one with 3D printing experience,” stated Ben Leung, ExOne, vice president, Asia. “As ExOne strengthens our network and strategy in Asia, we expect TCL Hofmann to play a key role in our growth and expansion.”
“We believe that Binder Jetting (BJT) is well-positioned to grow quickly, and we’re looking forward to bringing this technology to manufacturing customers across our region,” said Joseph Hancock, TCL Hofmann Managing Director.
ExOne’s patented Binder Jetting AM process transforms powdered materials — metal, sand or ceramic — into highly dense and functional precision parts or tooling at high speeds. An industrial printhead selectively deposits a binder into a bed of powder particles creating a solid part one thin layer at a time.
“TCL Hofmann is excited to introduce ExOne’s Binder Jetting technology to our existing Additive Manufacturing customers. The wide variety of metal, ceramic and composite materials address key application needs within our serviced industries such as Defense, Mining and Aerospace who are looking to onshore and localise manufacturing,” commented John Whinnen, TCL Hofmann Business Manager.
ExOne has qualified more than twenty metal, ceramic and composite materials for its BJT process. More than half of those materials are single-alloy metals, such as 17-4PH, 316L, 304L, M2 Tool Steel, Inconel 718, and more. High-demand materials, such as aluminium and titanium, are also being fast-tracked for qualification.