Rapidia begins shipments of its debinding-free bound-metal AM system

September 26, 2019

September 26, 2019

Rapidia begins shipments of its debinding-free bound-metal AM system
Prof. Robert Rohling, director of the Hatch Accelerator at UBC, with the newly installed Rapidia system (Courtesy Rapidia)

Rapidia Inc, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has begun commercial shipments of its debinding-free bound-metal Additive Manufacturing system, with the first machine being installed at the Hatch Accelerator, a start-up incubator based at the University of British Columbia. The new Rapidia system will reportedly serve several start-ups located at the facility,

This news follows the first announcement of the Rapida system at Rapid+TCT in Detroit, Michigan, USA, in May this year. A number of further installations are said to be planned over the coming months.

The Rapidia system builds parts using a novel water-based metal paste AM process, followed by a sintering process. The use of water, instead of a typical binding element, eliminates a solvent-based debinding step and is said to result in a fast, simple to use system that is environmentally friendly and completely solvent-free.

The system is said to have several support modes, allowing complex internal structures, and can build components from CAD file to finished metal part, including sintering, in approximately twenty-four hours.


September 26, 2019

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