Höganäs AB, Sweden, has announced further investment in its Digital Metal facility with the addition of a new sintering furnace to increase output of its 3D printed metal components. The additional capacity was required to meet the growing demand for 3D printed components and offer material alternatives, the company stated.
“The new furnace has significantly increased our production capacity and we are also able to sinter a wider range of metal powders,” stated Ralf Carlström, General Manager for Additive Manufacturing at Höganäs.
The Digital Metal process involves a unique proprietary precision ink-jet technology for making complex metallic components. The system works by laying down powdered metal in thin layers, interspersed with a special ink/glue. Once complete the object is sintered for strength, resulting in a metal component with high resolution and tolerance.
The new high temperature furnace offers variable sintering atmosphere settings and very precise adjustment of temperature profiles, crucial to the sintering of high quality metal components.